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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First Published on: August 9, 2014 12:12 am
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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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                    Debol Mukherjee
                    Aug 9, 2014 at 9:24 am
                    Rahulji first answer who deliberately divided Hindustan and stan?Due to them we became homeless. country wants an answer from you.
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                      sk
                      Aug 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm
                      Who cares poor people who care country brotherhood who cares people need two times foods who cares people kids be safe girls safety they only need power money satta
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                        Haren Shah
                        Aug 9, 2014 at 8:36 am
                        We should all listen to what Rahul hi has to say. Especially keeping in mind, that during the very few days that he is present in the Loksabha, and sta awake to comprehend what is going on, we should let him have his steam out. Soon there will be a dry spell then after! Winning of 44 seats seems not enough for them to learn the lesson to shut up and work. They must realized now that continuing hi's as their front will damage them without a possibility of repair!All the best to Congress under the able leadership of RaGa!!
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                          JihadHater
                          Aug 11, 2014 at 10:48 am
                          Rahul you are engineered, your entire family is engineered
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                            jaihind101
                            Aug 9, 2014 at 12:28 am
                            anti national congress is champion in dividing prople of INDIA , saul gundi should investigate his own party and close the party , he should join sp or rjd they can and will complete his dirty work of dividing people
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                              natarajan
                              Aug 9, 2014 at 6:33 am
                              Does anybody care?
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                                Sachin Jagade
                                Aug 9, 2014 at 12:55 am
                                Communal incidents and Muslim vote bank politics go hand in hand. Appeat politics has been pla time and again by Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP in UP. Indian express should not lend credence to the pseudo secularists who have pla with fire and are now reaping the effects of reverse or majority consolidation. To combat terror and extremism, the jihadi network must be taken down with an iron hand. Indian Mujahideen, Madras etc today are terror sponsors and partints and the battle against them must also be fought via media.
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                                  Counselor Shripad
                                  Aug 9, 2014 at 6:48 am
                                  ...Good that Rahul - a Vice-presient of a national Party seating in Opposition- has opened his mouth on some issue of concern for India...What he said can be ignored, as every one knows - who engineered these conflicts? (Congress) - but the fact that he chose TO TALK is also a better picture!
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                                    truth hurts
                                    Aug 9, 2014 at 8:48 am
                                    These conflicts are done by congress and first communal riots in 1947 were created by Nehru to get PM chair and gave away land and millions died
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                                      Pankaj
                                      Aug 9, 2014 at 9:30 am
                                      Congress and like minded political party engineering communal fight in UP and protecting a community which produces only terrorist.
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                                        Abe Teritho
                                        Aug 9, 2014 at 8:37 am
                                        A Hindu girl is kidnapped by Muslims and raped in a madra, and Congress sees BJPs role? How delusional do these people think the common public is? Only Congress and SPs support to the 'minority' Islam followers has led to this situation.
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                                          trishanku
                                          Aug 9, 2014 at 4:25 am
                                          Yes. These are engineered by administration's covert instructions to police not to register cases against one community. It is an open secret known to everybody which unfortunately Indian Express reporters couldn't discover. So much for their investigative journalism of courage!
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                                            Citizen
                                            Aug 9, 2014 at 12:55 am
                                            A party who ruled the nation for the majority of time failed to eradicate the poverty, gap between rich and poor and utterly failed to bring common law to all citizens irrespective of religion, region, caste etc and he is telling this with out knowledge of history and the others are giving him support for their own selfish reasons. Law and order is a state subject and what is that government doing????? Fanning division for their own gain at the cost of citizens???? Jaihind
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