Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s father had recently made comments against Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh and an FIR was filed against him.
Nand Kumar Baghel, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister’s father, had recently said in Uttar Pradesh, “I am urging all the villagers of India to not let the Brahmins enter your villages. I will talk to every other community so that we can boycott them. They need to send back to the bank of the Volga River.”
A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against the father by the state police over his comments on boycotting Brahmins. The complaint was filed by the ”Sarv Brahmin Samaj”, and the DD Nagar police registered an FIR late Saturday night against Nand Kumar Baghel under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 505 (1) (b) (intent to cause alarm) of the Indian Penal Code.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on the case against his father responded, “No one is above the law, even if that person is my 86-year-old father. The Chhattisgarh government respects every religion, sect, community and their feelings. The comment against a particular community by my father, Nand Kumar Baghel, has disturbed the communal peace. I am also saddened by his statement.”
He also said, “Our political views and beliefs are distinctly different. As a son, I respect him but as the Chief Minister I cannot excuse his mistake which has the potential to disturb the public order.”
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel’s response is stunning everyone, a rare chief minister steeped in a spirit of justice, hard work and integrity.