A five-member team of Opposition parties, which visited Kairana to look into the allegation of “migration” of Hindus from the area, on Friday attacked BJP chief Amit Shah, saying he wanted to “re-enact the script of post-Godhra riots and Muzaffarnagar killings” to reap electoral harvest in Uttar Pradesh.
In a joint statement, members of the five parties JD(U), CPI, CPI(M), RJD and NCP, which visited Kandhla and Kairana on Thursday, said that they held extensive meetings with a cross section of people, community associations and members of the local bar association.
“On the basis of the feedback and the insightful interaction, the members are of the unanimous view that BJP is trying to create a Muzaffarnagar-like context in Kairana and Kandhla,” they said in a press release.
Alleging that the BJP’s top leadership has “unleashed the politics of demonisation and polarisation”, the Opposition members said that the “BJP and in particular its national president Amit Shah wanted to re-enact the script of post-Godhra riots and Muzaffarnagar killings as a precursor to reap electoral harvest in the impending UP elections.”
JD(U) MP and spokesperson K C Tyagi, D Raja of CPI and Mohammad Salim of CPI(M), D P Tripathi of NCP and RJD’s Manoj Jha went to the western UP town to make an on-the-spot assessment.
Attacking them, BJP said that these parties went there to “vitiate” the atmosphere and accused JD(U) and RJD in particular of “failing” to run Bihar.
The Opposition delegation, however, claimed that the people said that as far as a few cases of migration from both communities, are concerned, the triggers were poor facilities for education, lack of proper medical care, unavailability of employment opportunities apart from grim law and order situation.
“The members were also happy to see the nature and extent of positive bonding between the communities in spite of the forces committed to divide them.
“The members also appealed to the UP government to tone up the law and order situation and take all the necessary steps so that the BJP and the Sangh Parivaar fail to create wedges between communities,” the statement said.