Bulandshahr: BJP seems to be uncertain about its chances in UP election 2017. This is the reason that it is resorting to communally sensitive issues. Instead of talking about development plank, the party seems to have given a free hand to its loud-mouthed leaders like Yogi Adityanath and others to polarize.
BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath, has not just praised Donald Trump’s latest Muslim ban on the entry from seven nations but also compared Western UP with Kashmir in eighties and nineties.
He made the comments while campaigning in communally sensitive town of Bulandshahar in the state where polling starts in the next one week. The MP, who is a serious contender for the top job in UP in case BJP wins the election, said that similar action is needed to check terrorism in India. He also talked about the alleged exodus of Hindus –that has not been substantiated –from Kairana and focused on his party colleague’s claims of a Hindu “exodus” from western UP and warned that the region could soon “become another Kashmir”.
While trying to polarize the local population to the benefit of his party, the BJP MP said that the situation in western Uttar Pradesh is similar to the Kashmir Valley where “Kashmiri Pandits were terrorized and forced to leave”. He said that situation in Muzzafarnagar, Baghpat, Meerut and Ghaziabad is especially grim.
“Is Kairana not an issue? Is Kashmir not an issue? If this country’s majority, Hindus, are tortured, is it not an issue? But if a thorn pricks the foot of someone from the minority community, it becomes an issue. This politics is strange,” he added.
He went on to add, “I find western UP unsafe. We do not face a threat in eastern UP because there we use the language that people understand and set them straight…”.
Despite tough stand of Election Commission on hate speech, BJP leaders are doing everything to inflame the situation before elections in the state. “What happened in Kashmir in 1990…the same is going to happen in UP…BJP is committed not to let this happen anymore. We have lost Kashmir Valley, but we cannot let western Uttar Pradesh to become second Kashmir”, Adityanath thundered.