On the first day of its state executive meet in Jhansi, Bundelkhand, the BJP belaboured the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) government over the horrific Bulandshahr gangrapes and accused it of protecting criminals involved in animal trafficking and land grabbing.
Party leaders called Akhilesh Yadav a “vikas virodhi chief minister” and issued a clarion call for a change of guard in the 2017 Assembly polls by bringing the BJP to power.
In the political resolution presented by state General Secretary Pankaj Singh, the party alleged that animal traffickers were fearlessly slaughtering cows while the Akhilesh government was busy discriminating between the minority and majority.
BJP leaders blamed the chief minister for the exodus of families from Kairana and the killing of two policemen in firing by land grabbers in Jawaharbagh, Mathura.
Cabinet Minister Azam Khan’s remark about the possibility of “political conspiracy” behind the Bulandshahr gangrapes provided more fodder to BJP state president Keshav Maurya, who said that accused could be “relatives of Azam Khan”.
In his speech, Maurya said that the government was trying to shield the rape accused just like it had during the Muzaffarnagar riots. “Akhilesh Yadav too is speaking the language of Azam regarding the Bulandshahr incident,” he alleged.
Calling the Bulandshahr gangrape a “shameful incident”, Maurya said, “I ask the chief minister, can he bring back the honour of the victims just by giving them land, plots and money?” On Akhilesh’s objections to BJP leaders and union ministers meeting the victims’ family, Maurya said that “only the BJP was executing the responsibility of an opposition party and it will keep fighting till Akhilesh resigns from the CM’s post.”
Maurya further accused the government of indulging in corruption worth over Rs 3 lakh crore, colluding with liquor, mining and land mafias. “Khali plot hamara hai, yeh Samajwadi Party ka naara hai,” he said.
Over 1,100 police personnel had been attacked by criminals who are protected by the state government, he alleged, adding that there was a sense of fear among the people who have even put their shops, houses and factories on sale.
In the political resolution passed, BJP leaders stated that communal riots had increased in the state and the government was drafting policies and schemes to appease just one community. “There is a race between SP, BSP and Congress to appease that community,” said party leaders.
Maurya alleged that the state government has revealed its communal face by banning loudspeakers in kaanwar yatras and other functions of one community while making extra efforts to get youths of another community released from jail.
“When BJP will come to power in the state, it will order an inquiry in all such scams and bua (Mayawati) and bhatija (Akhilesh) will not be spared,” Maurya said, alleging corruption in the Samajwadi Pension Scheme and purchase and distribution of laptops.
He further said that the BJP could not accept the words that BSP leaders had used for the daughter of ex-party leader Dayashankar Singh in a protest in Lucknow.
The party also blamed the state government for the alleged rise in crimes against women in the state since the SP came to power in 2012. According to Maurya, 1,963 incidents of rape were reported in 2012, 3,050 in 2013 and 3,467 in 2014. He added that 3,247 cases of eve-teasing and other crimes against women were reported in 2012, 7,303 in 2013 and 8,605 in 2014.
Union Minister Kalraj Mishra, the chief guest of the inaugural session, said that instead of development, more rapes were happening in UP and the chief minister was trying to mislead the public using attractive advertisements in the media. He also said that the state machinery was creating communal tension in a planned manner in different parts of the state to polarise voters of a particular community.