Samajwadi Party's 'cycle of violence' continues, Dalit women, children beaten up
Anant Zanane, Updated: March 09, 2012 12:11 IST
Lucknow: The revelry is yet to abate, the new Samajwadi Party
government is yet to be formed. Indeed, even the new Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister has not been decided upon and what would be Akhilesh
Yadav's worst nightmares, have come to haunt. In the aftermath of a
spectacular electoral win, there have been several incidents of
violence in the state and most, reportedly, involve SP workers.
Throughout the much-feted campaign that won him UP and in his
thanksgiving, Akhilesh Yadav emphasised that law and order was his
party's one big agenda. He promised UP freedom from "Goonda Raj" and
said, "We will deal with an iron hand with SP workers who indulge in
goondaism and violence." Three days later, he has those "iron hands"
On Holi, a BSP village pradhan, Munna Lal, a Dalit, was brutally
murdered in Mansukhpura Agra; six assailants stormed into his house,
ransacked it, and then repeatedly stabbed Munna Lal with a spear till
he died. They were all allegedly Samajwadi Party workers. No arrests
have been made yet.
Over the last three days, Dalits have been soft tarThe revelry is yet
to abate, the new Samajwadi Party government is yet to be formed.
Indeed, even the new Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has not been decided
upon and what would be Akhilesh Yadav's worst nightmares, have come to
haunt. In the aftermath of a spectacular electoral win, there have
been several incidents of violence in the state and most, reportedly,
involve SP workers.
Dalits in Sitapur say their homes were burnt by alleged SP supporters
because they supported an independent candidate. In Balia, five women
and children were allegedly beaten by SP workers because people from
their village voted for the Janata Dal United candidate.
In Firozabad, supporters of an SP candidate who lost, blocked the
highway to show their disappointment. On Tuesday, even as the SP's top
leaders were thanking UP for the gift of 224 seats, an unruly mob of
SP supporters attacked and cornered journalists in Jhansi till
Akhilesh Yadav had to intervene.
Then, a former BSP minister Ram Achal Rajbhar's son Sanjay Rajbhar
opened fire at villagers in Ambedkarnagar after he landed in the
village to confront those who had not voted for him. Two villagers
were injured and an angry mob later put fire to Sanjay Rajbhar's cars
and a rice mill owned by the former minister.
All this is bad news for Yadav Junior, who resurrected the political
fortunes of the Samajwadi Party with that image make-over that had at
its core a promise that the SP was no more the "party of goons" that
its political rivals still insist it is.
Mayawati has declared that she is grabbing ringside seats to watch
what she promises will be an era of lawlessness in the state that she
ruled for the last five years before she was given marching orders by
voters this week. Uma Bharti of the BJP said, "If you remember you had
asked me earlier how I felt when I got to know that SP was in the lead
during counting, I had said that I felt sorry for the people. I felt
worried about what would happen to the state. SP has always been a
criminal party and they propagate violence. The incidents that
happened are worrisome."
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