Tejpal Nagar, the newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Dadri, is willing to provide all possible help to the families of the17 accused in jail in connection with the lynching of Mohammed Ikhlaq at UP’s Bisada village. Nagar said as much and more during a free-wheeling conversation with Hindustan Times on Thursday.
You assured Bisada residents that the accused in Ikhlaq’s lynching would be released. How is that possible, as the case is sub judice?
We will take legal assistance in this regard and I am hopeful justice will prevail. Many mistakes have been made which need to be corrected now. We will approach legally.
Do you mean mistakes have been made during investigations?
Yes, and everyone knows it. I am concerned about this matter and will ensure help (to the families of the accused). It will also help bring the facts to light.
You focused mostly on the health care sector while holding rallies.Why?
Though there are enough primary hospitals across the Dadri constituency, I have never seen doctors attending on patients. The required facilities are missing and successive regimes failed to provide them. When I got the ticket, even the locals brought this matter to my notice. Hence, I made it a point to raise the issues that are dogging the health care sector and highlight the government’s apathy on this front. I didn’t use it as a poll plank, as I felt the pain of the people not getting the necessary health care services.
How would you get this sector improved? Is there a road map for it?
I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that the people of my constituency get their rights. Since being elected, I have been in the process of drawing up a list of all issues that need to be addressed urgently. I will raise the issue with the health minister and work with the health department officials to address the health care concerns in my constituency. If need be, I will raise the issue in the Assembly as well.
Are you hopeful of getting any ministerial berth?
No, I do not aspire to be a minister at this stage. I know there are enough capable people in terms of experience and service. Moreover, I have no say as the sole authority with regard to allotting ministerial berths rests with the party high command.
What are your top priorities as a legislator?
The law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is grim and needs to be addressed urgently. Every part of this state has been bearing the brunt of an alarming slide in law and order and my constituency is no exception. I will ensure the culture of bullets and guns is replaced with education and employment.
What’s your mantra to reverse this culture of violence and improve law and order?
The previous governments have been blind to the aspirations of the youth. I believe they need to provided job-oriented training and education. We will focus on skill development in a bid to make our youths realise their true potential and be financially independent.