Breaking his silence on the recent caste violence in Saharanpur district among other issues, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the syndicate behind the mining racket was responsible for “orchestrating” the Dalit-Thakur clashes, as well as funding the Bheem Army which is facing several cases in connection with the violence.
In an interview to DD News, he also, for the first time, blamed BSP chief Mayawati for “escalating” tensions, leading to more violence after her public meeting in Shabbirpur village. He accused district officials including the then principal secretary (home), who was removed last month, of “dereliction of duty” and “laxity” while allowing the former chief minister to go there.
Alleging that the district administration had allowed Mayawati’s visit without taking the state government into confidence, Adityanath said he had asked the then principal secretary (home) and DGP on what grounds they had done so when people there were “looking for an opportunity” to reignite tension. “Unhone (principal secretary and DGP) kaha…DM aur SSP ne kaha hai ki aisa koi mamla nahi hai…maine kaha…kya moorkhatapurna batein karte hain (They said that DM and SSP have said there was no such matter…I said what foolish talk is this),” he added.
The chief minister further said that he then asked the officers how those who have always spread caste hatred could be expected to preach the message of peace there. He added that no one was supposed to get permission to visit the place given the tension prevailing there.
“If her visit was so important, she was supposed to be taken by helicopter via Delhi and then taken back immediately after the meeting….DM and SSP took a stupid decision and action was taken against both the same evening,” Adityanath added.
Calling the alleged gangrape and murder in Jewar in May “most unfortunate”, he claimed that the government had gotten to the bottom of the case. The accused are on the run, but they are on the police radar and action will be taken against them very soon, he added.
Asked about the functioning of the bureaucracy, Adityanath said that work culture in the state for the past 14-15 years had been “sacrificed” owing to political corruption and personal interests of an individual and a particular family. “Here is a generation that has not seen good governance….. DM, DIG, SSP, SP in past 14-15 years could not dare to take decisions on their own fearing action… Those who had lost the ability to take decisions, their situation was like that of a lion in a circus, which moves only on the instruction of the owner… We have asked the administration to take decisions.. it will take some time to develop a new work culture,” the chief minister said.
On incidents involving Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) workers, Adityanath said that if anyone, even if it was someone from the HYV, takes law into their own hands, the police will take action against them. Three workers of the HYV, of which the CM is patron, were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping a woman and manhandling a police officer in Bareilly. Adityanath said action had been taken in this case and the National Security Act (NSA) would also be invoked against them if required.
The chief minister said no decision had been taken on abolishing the Waqf Boards. He said that the Central Waqf Board had conducted an inquiry and the state government had recommended a CBI probe. Sales of Waqf properties worth thousands of crores have been discovered and the state government will take action according to the CBI probe report, he added.
On a question regarding an alleged statement made by a state minister that the government will bear expenses of the education of children of divorced Muslim women, Adityanath said the statement was not meant for just Muslim women. However, he added, “I feel that maximum divorced women are from the Muslim community.”