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Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay: The Controversial BJP Leader and PIL Activist Shaping Legal Landscape

  • Posted on June 16, 2023
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Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay

Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Supreme Court lawyer, has gained attention for his strong views on Hindutva and his extensive filing of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) on communal issues. Born in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, Upadhyay initially joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement but was later expelled for "anti-party" activities and made controversial remarks about AAP's leadership.

As the former spokesperson of the Delhi unit of BJP, Upadhyay is known for filing PILs in the Supreme Court on various matters, including seeking minority status for Hindus, renaming places named after Mughal rulers, banning religious conversions, making yoga compulsory in schools, and promoting Hindi as a compulsory language nationwide. He holds a record of filing 50 PILs in five years, according to a 2018 report.

As the former spokesperson of the Delhi unit of BJP, Upadhyay is known for filing PILs in the Supreme Court on various matters,
Uniform Civil Code

Upadhyay's first PIL in support of a Uniform Civil Code was rejected by the bench headed by the Chief Justice of India in 2015. Despite some setbacks, his PILs have had significant impacts, such as the establishment of special courts for speedy disposal of criminal cases against politicians and the introduction of a Bill in Parliament for a uniform age of marriage.

Critics consider Upadhyay a rabblerouser, but his PILs have led to important legal developments. However, his advocacy for a Uniform Civil Code and other contentious issues has faced opposition, with the All India Muslim Personal Board filing intervention applications against his PILs.

Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a prominent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Supreme Court lawyer,
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

In August 2021, Upadhyay faced trouble when he was arrested by the Delhi Police based on a viral video containing incendiary slogans against Muslims during a program he attended at Jantar Mantar. Although he denied any association with the miscreants, he was accused of hate speech.

Despite criticism, Upadhyay maintains a significant presence on social media, with hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter and YouTube. His strong stance on legal matters and his PIL activism continue to make him a prominent figure in the realm of judiciary and legal affairs, generating both support and opposition.

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