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NEW DELHI: Donning a skullcap and promising strict action against the perpetrators of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to be playing “Maulana Mulayam” in Uttar Pradesh.

His father and Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav had been given the title of 'Maulana' by Muslim clerics in 1990 when he, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, had ordered the police to open fire on kar sevaks in Ayodhya, resulting in deaths of several Hindu zealots.

It is since then that the Muslim voters have supported him, barring 2009 Lok Sabha polls when the vote share dwindled after he befriended Kalyan Singh, the former BJP chief minister during whose tenure the Babri mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992.

Since the health of 73-year-old Mulayam is deteriorating, he appears to be in a haste to groom Akhilesh as a national leader and transfer his two-decade-old Muslim vote bank to him.

Observers believe this could be the reason why Akhilesh expressed his annoyance over the murder of Mohammed Shahnawaz, a youth of Kawal village, by two cousins — Sachin and Gaurav Singh — of nearby Malikpur village, but said nothing over the murder of the two youth by a lynch mob comprising minority community members.

Further, while the police registered a case against unidentified people of Kawal village for killing Sachin and Gaurav, they registered cases against the family members of the two youth for killing Shahnawaz, even though they were not present at the spot when Shahnawaz was attacked.

Toeing the line of his political master, ADGP Arun Kumar visited Kawal village on August 28 to meet the family members of Shahnawaz, but avoided going to Malikpur.

The Muzaffarnagar incident is also a proof that political parties love to add fuel to communal fire. A minor incident of eve- teasing snowballed into a full- fledged bloodbath in the state, thanks to the involvement of politicians.

Leaders of BSP, SP, Congress, BJP and Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) held at least four public meetings in Muzaffarnagar between August 30 and September 7 when Section 144 was imposed in the district.

BSP MP from Muzaffarnagar Kadir Rana and party MLAs Noor Salim and Jameel Ahmed from Charthawal and Meerapur constituencies respectively held a meeting with minority community members on August 30.

BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh and his partymen Suresh Rana and Bharatendu Singh organised a public meeting the next day, August 31, and extended their support to the Jat community members. BJP leader Sadhvi Prachi Arya, who contested the 2012 assembly polls from Purkazi constituency, was also present at the meeting.

Kadir Rana held another meeting on September 5 and called upon the crowd to show aggression. The BKU, under the leadership of former Congress leader Rakesh Tikait, held a mahapanchayat and called it “save daughters and daughters- in- law rally”. It’s to be noted that after these rallies, more incidents of violence were reported from the region. Still the SP government did nothing to stop these leaders from organising community-based rallies.

Reacting sharply against Akhilesh’s actions, Tariq Shafique, a youth from Azamgarh, said: “The chief minister is using Muslim vote bank more crudely than his father did. He promised to release innocent Muslim youths who were languishing in jail on charges of terror activities.

He also promised 18 per cent quota in state government jobs to us. But neither of the promise was fulfilled. And now the entire state is witnessing communal clashes.

It is true that he is trying to play Maulana Mulayam. But he should know that the time has changed and wearing a skullcap is not going to help him now.


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