Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times , Lucknow, February 2
Samajwadi Party MLA Amarmani Tripathi throws a party for Yogi Adityanath and his supporters in the district jail.
Direct access is given to the Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) members and supporters to the barrack in which Adityanath is lodged.
Jail officials permit Yogi to use mobile set and contact supporters outside. He directs them to continue the stir.
Minister of State for Agriculture Jai Prakash Yadav allowed to visit the strife-torn localities and instigate the mob.
No action taken against the SP leaders involved in arson and violence. Several leaders of HYV are roaming freely even after being accused in the cases of violence.
These reports point to the tacit understanding between the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on using the Purvanchal turmoil to strengthen their vote bank in Gorakhpur and adjoining districts, as the districts continue to burn for over a week.
At stake are the 42 Vidhan Sabha seats in Gorakhpur and Basti divisions. The clashes have come as a godsend opportunity for Yogi to emerge as the champion of the Hindutva even as the BJP is struggling hard to maintain grip over its vote bank.
On the other hand, nervous over the shift of the Muslim vote bank, the Samajwadi Party leaders too have left no stone unturned to win them back to their fold. According to sources, a procession was organised in the city few days back to protest the hanging of Saddam Hussain. The SP leaders leading the march instigated the mob to attack shops and business establishments of the Hindus.
Though case was lodged but none of the leaders were taken into custody. Now SP leaders are leading the protest march, demanding crackdown on HYV workers.
On January 23, members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini installed a ‘samvat’ (a wooden pole installed for burning of ‘holika’, a month before festival of Holi) on the middle of a road in the city through which a Moharram procession was to pass. There was minor clash between the members of two communities. The administration remained a mute spectator. Adityanath supporters threatened to take the revenge.
With Vidhan Sabha election drawing near, the desperation of Adityanath is increasing. He wishes to field candidates of his choice on all the 42 seats located in Gorakhpur, Basti, Deoria, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Sant Kabir Nagar and Siddharthnagar districts. He has also set up his eyes on the 22 seats located in adjacent Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia districts.
On December 24, BJP organized a rally in Lucknow in which its top leaders were present. On the same date, Adityanath organised Hindu Sangam in Gorakhpur. He made it clear to the BJP leadership as to who will call shots in Purvanchal region.
The BJP leaders too have acknowledged the strength of Yogi no wonder this is probably why State BJP leaders are seen rushing to Gorakhpur these days. One time opponent of Yogi, the former cabinet minister and BJP leader Shiv Pratap Shukla has also joined ranks with Yogi and is also lodged in jail along with the BJP MP.