On a day a nine-member fact finding team of BJP landed in Kairana, party’s state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya Wednesday said they want the “ghar wapsi (home coming)” of all the families that have migrated out of the area. Maurya said migration of people because of “hooliganism or due to terror of a particular community” should not happen and if it happens in any part of the state, BJP will fight for the victims.
“If any family had to leave home and migrate either because of any goon associated with the ruling Samajwadi Party or because of any particular community, then what was the state government doing? BJP chahti hai jinka palayan hua hai, unki ghar wapsi honi chahiye (BJP wants all such families to return who have migrated out),” Maurya said in Lucknow.
He said the fact-finding team will submit its report on exodus of families Thursday and party will interact with media about the report Friday in presence of the Kairana MP Hukum Singh.
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The issue of “mass exodus” of Hindu families from Kairana was raised by Singh. He had also released a list of 346 such families.
Maurya also shrugged off the Samajwadi Party and the BSP’s allegations that BJP was raising the Kairana “migration” issue for “communal polarisation” as Assembly polls are scheduled in state early next year. He said it was the habit of the two parties to blame BJP. He said the BJP “will not remain silent on Kairana issue” and will plan its future course of action according to the report by party’s probe panel.
Maurya said that both SP and BSP have got irritated after witnessing the huge crowd at public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Allahabad Monday and hence Mayawati and Akhilesh, both, were “making confused remarks”. “Both had a tenure of five years but did nothing as per their promises only because they are hand in glove…both encourage the corrupt and goondas,” he alleged.
The state BJP chief further accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of not executing its responsibilities and alleged that the districts were allegedly being run on the directions of SP leaders while criminals were running police stations and no official was allowed to take action against such elements. Maurya said that mining and land mafia were dominating in the state and public lands were not safe from SP’s goons. He also claimed that party has received more than 500 complaints of land grabbing from across the state on the e-mail that it had released for the cause recently.
In Delhi, BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma claimed the ruling SP was giving a communal twist to the Kairana incident to divert the public attention from its own “failures of lawlessness” in the state.
“The Akhilesh Yadav government is a failure on the law and order front and the truth is now coming out in the open,” he said, adding that the “so called secular brigade involved in doing politics over deaths” is trying its best to save Akhilesh “by raising questions on the list provided by us”.
Sharma claimed it is Akhilesh who is giving communal colour to Kairana incident as he has “failed” to address basic issues of water and electricity and people are questioning him.
Brushing aside charges of a U-turn on the issue, the he said BJP has maintained its stand right from day one that the issue is of deteriorating law and order and is linked to extortions by a particular community. “More than 340 families of Kairana have migrated out and government should hold an inquiry to ascertain the reasons why they have fled. Even if one family flees, it should be probed as to why it has done so,” he said.
He said the BJP is not making it a Hindu-Muslim affair but a law and order issue, the BJP leader said, alleging that “members of only one community are involved in extortions and Akhilesh Yadav is giving protection to such people.