After discussing the issue of alleged exodus of Hindu families from Kairana town of Shamli district during its National Executive meeting, the BJP top leadership is learnt to have directed party leaders in Uttar Pradesh to intensify the agitation and raise the issue in other parts of the state as well.
In what can be deemed as the significance the party is attaching to the issue, Shamli MP Hukum Singh, who had first raised the issue by releasing a list of 346 families who had apparently been forced to leave was even exempted from attending party president Amit Shah’s meeting in Allahabad on Monday evening.
Singh, who had recently met Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking the ministry’s intervention in the matter, has reportedly been asked to be in Shamli and lead the agitation.
Shah had invited all party MPs from the state to Allahabad for dinner after the Parivartan Rally addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his inaugural address on Sunday, Shah had expressed concern over the Kairana issue.
On Monday, Union minister Nitin Gadkari also said that the BJP was concerned over the purported exodus inKairana, and that Shah will take a decision after receiving the report from a fact-finding team the party is sending to Kairana. The eight-member team is scheduled to visit Kairana on Wednesday.
The BJP has presented Kairana as an administrative and governance failure of the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.
On Monday, Hukum Singh told The Indian Express from Kairana that he will release a fresh list of families who have allegedly fled their homes from another town of Shamli district. He blamed extortion and atrocities by members of a particular community for this migration as well.
“I will divulge the name of the town and the number of families (who have left) on Tuesday,” Singh told The Indian Express over the phone from Kairana. Singh said he will also release lists of other families who have migrated from Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar due to similar reasons.
Singh, who has been a seven-time MLA from Kairana before winning the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from the constituency, said he had been raising the issue of migration for long but the local administration has not paid due attention. He claimed that he was working on the issue in his personal capacity as the local MP, and that the party has not issued him any direction on this.
According to Singh, migration of families from towns and villages of western UP had occurred before the Muzaffarnagar riots as well, and then also it was a result of atrocities and highhandedness of people from a particular community who are dominant in western UP. The majority of those who migrated from Muzaffarnagar are from the Jat community, he claimed.
About preliminary reports of the local police – the police have turned down the allegations that 346 families have fled their homes – Singh said the police are trying to undermine the issue with “false statements”. He asserted: “I have evidence to support the list I have released, and I stand by my statement. I have also informed the Union Home Minister about this issue, with a suggestion to send a Central government investigating panel so that facts can be ascertained properly…the Centre can then speak to the state government on the basis of that probe report.”
The Shamli district administration has formed four teams to probe the allegations brought by the Kairana MP.