Hijab Row Updates: Cannot impose personal religious beliefs on Indian institutions, says Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has released his comments regarding the ongoing hijab row in the country. On Monday, February 14, the BJP leader said the system should operate according to the constitution.

“The system should operate in accordance with the Constitution. We cannot impose our beliefs and our personal religious choices on the country and its institutions. Can I ask all UP employees to wear the “bhagwa”? Dress code should be enforced in schools,” Yogi Adityanath told ANI news agency.

The Karnataka High Court is due to resume hearing of the hijab case at 2:30 p.m. today. Schools in Karnataka will reopen today after a meeting between local administration and leaders was held on Sunday evening to ensure community harmony.

Pradeep Kurdekar, Tehsildar of Udupi, Raghupati Bhat, local MP, and ST Siddalingappa, Additional Superintendent of Police chaired the meeting. Road/flag marches were also organized in some towns of Udupi district to maintain public order.

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The meeting was a success, with all political parties and religious leaders agreeing to follow the administration’s guidelines.

Raghupathi Bhat, a BJP MP from Udupi, said wherever uniforms are compulsory in schools and colleges, they should be followed. “We held a taluka meeting in Udupi, and it was decided to maintain community harmony in Udupi as before. There were all political party leaders and community leaders present,” he said.

“It has been decided to wear uniforms wherever they are required, but in schools and colleges where uniforms are not required, they can wear what they wore before. Unless the court decides otherwise. Wherever there is a uniform code, it will be followed,” Bhat said.

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Ruth R. Culp