Amit Shah's Remark Part of a Larger Design? - The New Indian Express

Amit Shah's Remark Part of a Larger Design?

Published: 09th April 2014 07:37 AM

Last Updated: 09th April 2014 07:46 AM

Was BJP leader Amit Shah’s call for “revenge” over Uttar Pradesh riots a spontaneous remark or one premeditated to whip up communal sentiments ahead of the general elections?

Shah was on Monday asked by the Election Commission to explain why action shouldn’t be taken against him for his statement that the “election is about voting out the government that gives compensation to those who killed Jats” and “about revenge and protecting honour”.

Shah made the controversial remarks at Muzaffarnagar, where about 60 people, mostly Muslims, had died and scores displaced. Apparently, the BJP wants to take advantage of the communally charged atmosphere and have  given Lok Sabha election tickets to party MLAs charged with riot-related crimes. The message was loud and clear as the party had felicitated these riot-tainted leaders even when wounds of the flare-up were fresh. 

In order to woo Jats, the the Congress-led UPA government agreed to their long-pending demand for reservation in government jobs. The BJP is worried over losing the support of the majority Jats in the Western part of the state.

“In such a situation, if the BJP and Shah tried to stoke the communal sentiments, no one should be shocked,” said RLD spokesman Anil Dubey. And Narendra Modi himself is now back to the tried and tested caste politics formula. The prime ministerial candidate who had projected himself as an “icon of development” now plays up his OBC background and humble chaiwala origins.


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