Yogi must seek Varun’s help for 2019, says Swamy
Amid stray but continuing incidents of violence in Kasganj, outspoken BJP MP Subramanian Swamy suggested that chief minister Yogi Adityanath could consider taking the help of party MP Varun Gandhi to “sew up” the state for 2019.Updated: Jan 29, 2018 15:07 IST
Amid stray but continuing incidents of violence in Kasganj, outspoken BJP MP Subramanian Swamy suggested that chief minister Yogi Adityanath could consider taking the help of party MP Varun Gandhi to “sew up” the state for 2019.
“Yogi Adityanath must seek the help of Varun Gandhi to tour UP as the party’s star campaigner to sow up the state for 2019. Party needs Varun,” Swamy tweeted from his official twitter handle.
The tweet in defence of the currently marginalised Varun has come even as the Yogi Adityanath government is busy fending off attacks from the opposition on the law and order situation.
Some reports even suggested that Swamy has recommended Adityanath should send the Sultanpur MP to Kasganj to control the situation but this couldn’t be independently confirmed.
Swamy hasn’t yet responded to a HT tweet checking his response in the aftermath of the first communal tension under the 10- month old Yogi government.
No BJP leader was willing to comment on Swamy’s tweet, but party spokesman Alok Awasthi admitted the communal flare- up since Republic Day was an ‘intelligence’ failure.
He also suggested the Kasganj communal fire could have been ‘purva-niyojit’ (‘pre-meditated’), a veiled reference to an alleged opposition hand in fanning tensions in the sensitive region.
Some within the BJP feel that Kasganj has provided the opposition a first real chance to corner the state government even as the Shiv Sena , a BJP ally at the centre, has demanded resignation of the Adityanath government for failing to protect Hindus.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav later tweeted Rs 50 lakh demand for the kin of dead youth and treatment for the injured.
“Dabish aur karyavahi ke naam par nirdoshon par na ho atyachaar (in the name of investigation and action and raids, innocents shouldn’t be tormented)” the former UP CM tweeted.
Retired police officer SR Darapuri, convenor of Jan Manch, has blamed the BJP leaders and the state government for the trouble. BSP chief Mayawati too has slammed Yogi government’s handling of the communal situation and it’s in this backdrop that Swamy’s backing of Gandhi made many heads within the BJP and outside turn.
“He’s in his thirties and needs to be treated with stability. The party must win over rebels with a cause. That is the Hindu way,” Swamy said.
First Published: Jan 29, 2018 15:07 IST