After Yogi Adityanath’s ‘AbbaJaan’ jibe, Twitter’s #AbbaJaan retort

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a remark which set the tone for the Assembly Elections next year. While delivering a speech, he said that prior to his government’s rule in the state, ration which was meant for the poor would be “digested” by those who utter ‘Abba Jaan‘ .

“Under PM Modi’s leadership, there is no place for appeasement politics… Before 2017 was everyone able to get ration? Only those who used to say ‘Abba Jaan‘ were digesting the ration,” Yogi Adityanath said at an event in the state’s Kushinagar.

‘Abba Jaan’ is a term used to address fathers by Muslims.

The comment led to wide condemnation on Twitter as users accused the Chief Minister of making communal references, starting a campaign with the hashtag HamareAbbaJaan.

Retired Foreign Secretary Nirupama Menon Rao shared a photo of her father saying, “My father just as he joined the Army in 1941. He made me what I am. My #AbbaJaan.”

Journalist Saba Naqvi posted a throwback picture with her father, noted journalist Saeed Naqvi, from their ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh.

Writer and chronicler Rana Safvi shared a photo of her father saying, “he taught us the value of truthfulness, honesty and above all humanity.”