Uttar Pradesh Civic Body Elections: Yogi Adityanath Says Kairana-like Incidents, Communal Riots Won’t Happen Again
Lucknow, Nov 20: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government won’t let Kairana-like incidents and communal riots happen again in the state. The Kairana town in Shamli district allegedly witnessed the migration of Hindu families due to communal tension. Addressing a public meeting in Lucknow on Sunday in support of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates contesting the upcoming civic body elections, Yogi Adityanath said Kairana-like incidents cannot recur as his government has established the rule of law in Uttar Pradesh.
“Kanoon ke raaj ke adhaar par hum logon ne tai kiya ki aaj pradesh ke andar Kairana jaisi ghatnaon ki punravritti nahi ho sakti (On the basis of law, we have decided that Kairana-like incidents won’t happen again),” CM Yogi Adityanath, as reported by Indian Express, said. The BJP leader said further said his government has wiped out criminals who were earlier given shelter by past governments.
“Traders who had migrated from the state following kushashan (misrule) and gundaraj , have started coming back. You can see in Kairana, Kandhala and nearby areas…. Mafias who were sheltered by the government and had taken over traders’ shops and establishments have handed them back to the traders and moved away to escape government action,” Adityanath said. The Chief Minister also instructed officials to ensure that the use of mikes, conch shells and bells are allowed during the Kanwar Yatra.
The alleged migration of Hindu families from Kairana was raised by the BJP as a key issue during Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls earlier this year. The party had also promised to set up a department in every district to prevent mass migration of Hindu families because of communal tension, and a “white paper” on the alleged exodus from the state.
Speaking about communal riots during Samajwadi Party’s regime, Yogi Adityanath said, “Who doesn’t know that when the Samajwadi Party came to power in 2012, Kosi Kala here was seen burning. Kya hum bhool jayenge isko (Will we forget this)? In the past eight months, no riot took place in the state. No riot can take place. Last time, one-sided riots used to take place… loot khasot hoti thi. The honour of our daughters was played with and when they sought justice, cases were slapped on them. Who doesn’t know these wrongdoings of previous governments.”
The Chief Minister further said more than 1,200 encounters have been carried out, more than 1,100 criminals sent to prison, over 800 criminals had taken shelter in other states after the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, adding that law and order situation has improved in the state. Uttar Pradesh will witness three-phase civic polls on November 22, 26 and 29. Counting will be held on December 1.