A day after Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, former BSP MLA from communally-sensitive Dadri area Satveer Gurjar said the voters were polarised.
Satveer Gurjar, two time MLA from Dadri said the Saffron Party managed to polarise people on the basis of religion and hence garnered their votes.
"I was doing fantastic work. We were hopeful for the return of BSP government since the sentiment of the people was with our party. However, the landslide victory shows that the BJP succeeded in their tactics of polarisation. They have managed all the votes as a result of communal divide, fear and hatred which they openly flaunted in their rallies," said Gurjar.
Fourteen youth from Bisada village of Dadri are in jail for allegedly lynching local resident Mohammad Ikhlaq and grievously injuring his son Danish in September 2015, over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat for consumption on Bakrid. The incident had triggered a massive outrage across the country on intolerance with many prominent figures returning their awards to the government.
Prior to the elections, BJP candidate from the area Tejpal Nagar, who registered a victory with a margin of 80,000 votes, had openly said that some youth who are lodged in jail on charges of lynching are innocent and shall be freed. After winning the seat, Nagar maintained that he condemns the lynching but 'some' of the youth are innocent.
"We will do everything to ensure that no innocent shall be put behind the bars," said Nagar. Union home minister Rajnath Singh had also hold a rally at Bisada village prior to the elections.