The BJP on Tuesday launched a stinging attack against the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP on the eve of BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s first visit to Lucknow, citing the state government’s alleged indifference to the plight of “Hindu pilgrims” stranded in rain-ravaged Uttarakhand.
State BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpai claimed the UP government’s indifference was by design. “That’s because the people who have either died or are stranded in Uttarakhand were teerth-yatris (Hindu pilgrims) and not haj yatris (Muslim pilgrims),” said Bajpai.
The BJP, which is mulling return to its Hindutva ways, has been targeting the SP for being ‘pro-Muslim’. He also tried to showcase BJP and the entire sangh parivar as patriotic, claiming the saffron organizations were working to provide relief and long term settlement of those displaced by nature’s fury.
“Uttarakhand is a crucial state that shares boundary with China. We feel it’s necessary to evolve a long-term strategy to resettle locals who have been displaced by flash floods. That’s important, for if the area is left uninhabited, it could pose a grave threat to the country’s security,” he said.
Bajpai also questioned why the centre had still not declared the tragedy as a ‘national calamity.’ The BJP MLAs in UP have all decided to donate a month’s salary.