Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday made an oblique reference to the saffron brigade by saying communal forces are out to defame his government by conspiring to create a rift in the state and stall development.
“... (The state has) an old history - it is a history of unity that makes no difference between Hindus and Muslims. And those who are trying to create a difference between them have no identity of their own,” said the chief minister while inaugurating the first Uttar Pradesh Travel Writers Conclave in Lucknow.
His remarks came against the backdrop of the killing of 55-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq, who was dragged out of his home in Bishada village by a 200-strong mob and beaten to death for allegedly eating beef.
In another function, the chief minister said people of the state must be alert and stressed the need to foil conspiracies in order to take the state ahead on the path of development.
“Today when the world is marching ahead on the path of progress, some forces doing politics on communal lines want to take the country and the state towards backwardness,” said Yadav while addressing representatives of Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSME).
“They are raising issues and debates which harm all sections of the society,” he said.
He expressed confidence that the peace-loving people of the state would not allow forces creating differences to succeed in their designs.
Though the CM did not name anyone in particular, his uncle and senior minister, Shivpal Yadav, blamed the BJP for Ikhlaq’s murder.
“The incident of Dadri lynching is a well-planned conspiracy of the BJP for political gains. Despite much hue and cry, we did not stop anyone from visiting the village so that they could know the truth and ground reality,” said Shivpal.
The BJP, meanwhile, demanded the dismissal of senior Uttar Pradesh minister and senior SP leader Azam Khan, saying he should be tried for treachery for taking the Dadri issue to the UN and tarnishing the image of the country at the global level.
“Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav should dismiss Azam Khan from his ministry... Case of treachery should be lodged against him for damaging the image of the country by writing to the United Nations on the Dadri issue,” said state BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan.
Khan had said on Monday he has written to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Ikhlaq’s lynching, seeking “protection for minorities”.
(With agency inputs)