THE BJP on Tuesday attacked the SP government over the communal clash in Azamgarh district, saying the incident was an example of “politics of appeasement” the Akhilesh dispensation was “indulging in”.
“Atrocities were inflicted on the Dalit community in Azamgarh and police remained a mute spectator. The UP government is indulging in politics of appeasement and the Azamgarh incident is an example of it,” BJP national spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain told mediapersons in Lucknow.
On Saturday, members of two communities had clashed at Nizamabad in the district’s Khudadadpur village. Barabanki police on Monday had arrested BJP leaders, including former UP DGP Brij Lal and retired IG Rajesh Rai, who were part of the saffron party’s fact-finding team sent to Azamgarh following the clash.
Hussain also claimed that Akhilesh has failed to meet the expectations of the people. “But he disappointed all. There is a shortage of water in the state and the law and order situation is dismal,” he said. Criticising SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement that all police stations in UP will have Muslim policemen, he said policemen should not be posted “on the basis of caste and religion”. He also alleged that while BSP chief Mayawati had politicised the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, she was silent on the Azamgarh clash.
Meanwhile, while targeting Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for frequently visiting UP in the recent past, Hussain said: “Instead of going to Gaya and Siwan, which had reported crimes, Nitish was touring Lucknow.” with pti