The communal clashes in western Uttar Pradesh have disturbed the political equations in more ways than one. Apart from creating a fertile ground for polarisation of votes,the riots have cast a long shadow on the ground that several political stalwarts busy preparing for their sons in the region.
The first to feel the heat of the riots is Gaurav Swaroop,son of Minister of State for Minority Welfare and Muzaffarnagar MLA Chitranjan Swaroop. Gaurav,who handles the family business of rolling mills,will be contesting his first election as Samajwadi Partys candidate for Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha seat and was banking on Muslim votes.
But the political situation has changed after the violence. We believe in taking along all communities. Now,there is anger and resentment among some sections against SP. Hopefully,it will settle down when the real picture emerges, Chitranjan said.
Former Congress MP Saeeduzzaman is also finding it tough to launch his son Salman Saeed in the 2014 elections. Saeeduzzaman had an image of acceptability among all sections of the society.
It has,however,changed after the violence. A case of making provocative speeches and violation of prohibitory orders has been lodged against Saeeduzzaman and his son at a panchayat of Muslims held on August 30 in Muzaffarnagar. His secular image has been dented and his son who was vying for Congress ticket,is now keeping a low profile.
Virender Singh,a Gurjar leader,is also facing a similar situation. Virender was appointed as chairman of the Seed Development Corporation and given minister of state rank by the Akhilesh Yadav government. Using his political clout,Virender also succeeded in getting his son Maneesh Chauhan elected as chairman of the Shamli Zila Panchayat.
Virender had planned a bigger role for Maneesh who was organising Gurjar rallies in the western region of the state,projecting himself as the leader of the community. His rallies attracted good crowds. However,the situation changed drastically after the Muzaffarnagar violence. Virender,who is also part of harmony committee formed by state government,is now finding it difficult to convince his community to support the SP. He has even withdrawn his claim for the Bijnore Lok Sabha seat.
Former MP Ameer Alam and his son and MLA from Budhana Nawazish Alam Khan are also facing difficult times. Ameer Alam has been chosen by SP the for Bijnore Lok Sabha seat,banking on Muslim votes.
But the recent developments indicate that he will find it tough to get Muslim support. During the recent visit of PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav at Muzaffarnagar,both Ameer Alam and Nawazish faced stiff opposition in Basikalan village. Already fingers are being raised over their role in the triple murder incident at Kawaal village.
Tabassum Begum,Bahujan Samaj Party MP from adjoining Kairana,is also worried about her son Nahid Hasan who has been fielded from Kairana by the SP. Tabassum remained with CM Akhilesh Yadav during his visit to Muzaffarnagar.
Finding the situation tough,Naheed is busy bringing delegations of Muslims from Muzaffarnagar area and arranging meetings with the Chief Minister.
Former MP from Congress Harendra Malik is also worried. During the Nagla Mandaur panchayat on September 7,Harendra was asked to leave the stage.
Harendra Maliks son Pankaj Malik is Congress MLA from Shamli and an emerging leader of the Jat community in his party but presently he is also worried about the cold response from his community.
72 couples tie knot in mass wedding
Muzaffarnagar: Seventy two couples,who were displaced after last months riots and living in a relief camp with their family,tied the knot at a mass wedding at Jolla village of the district. The nikah was performed in the district last evening. Goods and essential items for daily use have been provided to the newly-wed couples,said Jabbar Hasan,president of the committee that organised the weddings.