In what comes as a reflection of despondency in the opposition camp, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has attributed the BJP’s electoral sweep in the last Lok Sabha elections to “emotional democracy” in which “secular politics is difficult”. As UP witnesses a spurt in communal incidents, the young CM blamed the Centre for power outages in the state on account of “inadequate coal supply” and demanding it should clean up the Yamuna too.
In a telephonic conversation with Hindustan Times on Sunday, Yadav said the SP government was being targeted. “If any communal incident happens, fingers are pointed at us only. What propaganda against us over the Badaun incident! First, they made it a Dalit issue and big Dalit leaders descended there. But the truth is the girl and the boy knew each other. When the DGP spoke about it, the entire press went against him,” he said.
“In another incident recently, the boy and the girl knew each other but it was made into an issue of religious conversion. If there is some incident in West Bengal or Chhattisgarh, the chief ministers’ pictures are not flashed on TV but in case of UP it is different. The BJP won because of an emotional democracy in the country,” said Yadav adding, “The Muzaffarnagar incident hurt us a lot in the Lok Sabha elections.
We have been fighting for secularism but secular politics in an emotional democracy is difficult. The BJP’s communal politics is easy. But, we will continue to fight for secular politics.”
The UP CM sought to blame the RSS and the BJP for the communal incidents in the state. Claiming that the “biggest number of RSS pracharaks” are active in UP, he blamed them for riots in Muzaffarnagar and elsewhere. “They were the ones talking about “bahu-beti’s izzat” and about “badla” (in Muzaffarnagar). What was their poll issue? That if they win, they will install loudspeakers (at a temple in Moradabad). Can the BJP deny they were not involved in Muzaffarnagar incident?” he said.
Yadav said the BJP was indulging in such things to “distract” people’s attention “from real issues”. “Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has raised the issue in Parliament. They (BJP) were talking about recovering all (disputed) border land from China and Pakistan. They were talking about removing poverty, unemployment and inflation. What happened? In a state, which has given them the PM and 73 MPs, there is not enough coal; even the allotted coal is not given. They are responsible for the power crisis in the state. They are talking about Ganga rejuvenation but people in Mathura want a clean Yamuna as well. I will send a detailed project report to them soon,” the CM said.