With BJP including the “love jihad” as an agenda in its state executive meet that began in Mathura Saturday, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav ridiculed the move and said it was not possible to put restrictions on love affairs.
“Just tell me, is it possible to ban love affairs in today’s world. Is it possible to ban interaction between two persons ? Is it possible to stop introduction between two persons?” Akhilesh asked on the sidelines of a function at Samajwadi Party office here.
Akhilesh regretted that several “love affairs” were given a “wrong twist” by media and the BJP. “Whatever incidents had occurred in Uttar Pradesh, all have been politicised. International news was made. Even people in the UN and the US became aware about UP. The reality is out in the Badaun killings case. Whom shall I write to as the CM? Shall I write to UN or US on personal basis or follow the protocol,” he added.
He said in most of the incidents, the accused and the victim were known to each other. Despite that, allegations were made. “What happened in Badaun? Even in Faizabad incident, which was blown up, they (the girl and the youth) knew each other,” he added.
Facing flak from the Opposition over incidents of rape and murder involving two communities, the Chief Minister claimed that in Badaun case, even the caste of the victims was changed. “Big people reached there. One party tried that government compensation should not be accepted. They gave their money, which is now gone. Some people even sold pictures of Badaun,” Akhilesh said, demanding that there “should be a CBI inquiry about persons of a political party who were in constant touch (with families of the victims)”.
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On a question of financial assistance by state government for inter-caste marriages, Akhilesh said that he needs to check when such a plan was launched.
Akhilesh also advised media to be more honest and avoid sensationalism. “You show me the reality and negligence by the government, I will accept it. But, some people even managed a dharna by children in Mohanlalganj case. Even you are aware about the reality in that case,” he added.
He also targeted Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his remarks that a “small rape incident” in Delhi has adversely affected tourism in the country. “I want to tell him that tourism is not declining in UP. People outside the country know that Taj (Mahal) is in India, and not in UP,” he said.
He also questioned BJP’s claim of secured borders of the country, saying, “They claimed that some armies of other countries will go back. Has it happened so far”?
Akhilesh, who is also the state Samajwadi Party chief, refused to comment on queries on BSP chief Mayawati who today claimed to return to power in in state in 2017.
Earlier, former minister and five term MLA from Lakhimpur, Bansidhar Raj, joined SP and was welcomed by Akhilesh. Raj, a Dalit, has been weaned away from Congress, and SP expects some gains in Nighasan Assembly seat, which is going to bypoll on September 13. SP leaders Naresh Aggrawal and Anand Bhadauria were instrumental in his joining.