Amar invokes Blue Star to defend UP govt on Mathura violence

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 13:13 IST
Samajwadi Party’s new Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh invoked Operation Blue Star in defending the UP government’s handling of the recent Mathura clashes. (AP file)

Defending the Uttar Pradesh government’s ‘wise’ handling of the Mathura clashes, Samajwadi Party’s new Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh on Sunday “complimented” it and blamed the “Union home ministry” for not sharing inputs on the presence of ‘naxal’ elements at Jawahar Bagh.

Amar went to the extent of invoking Operation Blue Star, the military action on Harmandir Saheb complex at Amritsar in Punjab in 1984 to remove Jarnail Singh Bhindrawale and his armed followers.

“They then too could have resorted to cutting power, water and logistics supply to the complex the way the UP government attempted in Mathura. It was wise on the part of the UP government not to storm the Jawahar Bagh for there were many women and children.”

“Home minister Rajnath Singh cannot shed his responsibilities. Can he tell whether central intelligence agency had given any input to state regarding presence of ‘naxalites’ of Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha in Mathura?,” Singh told reporters at a news conference he held with the Samajwadi Party’s UP incharge Shivpal Singh Yadav. Amar Singh, who was expelled by the SP in 2009, is not back in the party yet, but was elected to the Rajya Sabha on the Samajwadi Party ticket on Saturday.

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“The UP government was not informed about the presence of extremist elements there,” Amar Singh said.

Responding to BJP chief Amit Shah’s allegations that senior party leader and cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav had provided patronage to the cult, Singh said, “A big leader from Gujarat, who doesn’t know how to talk, has demanded resignation of the state government over Mathura incident. I want to know if he asked for the same from the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, where Vyapam scam claimed many lives, or from Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, after extremists killed Vidya Charan Shukla or the Haryana CM, after rapes took place during the quota stir.”

Replying to a question, Singh said Shivpal had known Jai Gurudev, but the group that had occupied Jawahar Bagh was a breakaway faction of the sect. “He went, goes and continues to go to the Jai Gurudev ashram. It is a matter of personal faith. Even I used to visit his ashram and will again go.”

The state government had followed court orders in Mathura and sent a small force of police as women and children were there, he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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