UP communal conflict engineered, says Rahul Gandhi

This politics of promoting polarisation and divisiveness for electoral gain must end, Rahul told The Indian Express.

Written by Appu Esthose Suresh | New Delhi | Updated: August 9, 2014 9:23 am
Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh, says Rahul Gandhi. (Source: PTI photo) Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh, says Rahul Gandhi. (Source: PTI photo)

The ongoing communal conflicts in Uttar Pradesh have been “artificially and deliberately engineered”, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has said.

Rahul, who led the opposition charge in Parliament on August 6 amid the demand by MPs for a discussion over facts brought out by an The Indian Express investigation, told this paper that the communal incidents were part of a deliberate strategy to “divide the poor”.

In a four-part series published this week, The Indian Express reported that in the 10 weeks following the election results of May 16,  UP Police recorded 605 low-key communal “incidents”, two-thirds of which occurred in or around 12 assembly constituencies in which byelections are due before mid-November.

The scrutiny of police records showed the widening Dalit-Muslim divide in the villages — and demonstrated how a series of petty incidents took on a communal colour, creating an atmosphere of mistrust and hostility that simmered below the surface, keeping tensions alive, but just short of fullscale rioting.

“Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh. This is a deliberate strategy to divide the poor of this country and pit brother against brother; to prevent people from uniting to fight the true enemy — inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity,” Rahul said.

“This politics of promoting polarisation and divisiveness for electoral gain must end,” he told The Indian Express.

Naresh Aggarwal, Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member, said, “There are clear attempts to create communal tension in Uttar Pradesh and the role of BJP needs to be seen.”

Rahul said the communal incidents go “against the very heart of this nation and causes deep damage to the foundation upon which it was built… It poses unimaginable long-term dangers for the future of our country”.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Aug 9, 2014 at 8:55 am
    Only english print media like TOI, HT,INEx are giving so much publicity to VP of congi who long back said he is interested in changing the congi party and not abt the country..........so any other statement is not worth reading.
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    Aj
    Aug 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    Amul baby !
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    Ahimsa
    Aug 9, 2014 at 3:32 am
    It is your party who kept people poor. Mr. hi you have only right to speak as a citizen of this country, you are in the party by default not because of your qualifications. We do not live in imperial times. Try working for a change. Thank you to you and your mother for ruining India.
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    subhasis ghosh
    Aug 9, 2014 at 8:09 am
    Who woke up Rahul?
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    Subhash Bennur
    Aug 9, 2014 at 11:51 am
    Rahul must know that it was congress who nurtured communal politics for a long long time and its follower parties are practicing the same. Rahulji, what about your mother who during 2014 general elections openly courted Bukhari of Delhi and he openly asked muslims to vote for congress!Rahul must be ashamed of himself.
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    yogesh
    Aug 9, 2014 at 6:02 am
    A person who was writing Anti-national interest has left the job of ind exp, now a person having congress interest has been given the vacant job. Rahul 's non-sense comments given front page news is laughable. The condition of indian express and congress is same nobody takes it seriously.
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    James Bond
    Aug 11, 2014 at 11:07 am
    without power and peoples support he is desperate.He lost his common sense.He is playing minority vote bank politics.He forgot muslims in majority voted for BJP in last loksabha elections.Rahul hi s prediction did not come true.He predicted if BJP and PM candidate Mr.Narendra Modi wins election next day twenty two thousands muslioms will be murded by BJP supporters.
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    Srinivasan Da
    Aug 9, 2014 at 1:41 am
    The Congress and the Samajwadi party pla communal politics of vote bank and gained success in the past elections. B J P is now trying to get the votes of majority community by the same tactics and benied with measure of success in the last parliamentary elections. Now both the parties of Vote Bank politics are worried since they realised that polarising majority will benifit B J P more than polarising minority. Rahul now wants to gain lost ground in the recent elections.It is a pity that he suffers from eloquence and conviction.Any amount of propping him up by his loyal Congress men is not going to get him votes.
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