Controversial BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som on Sunday visited Dadri and attacked Samajwadi Party government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community and innocent people were being framed for lynching of a man over beef eating rumour.
Som further alleged that state government was acting in a biased manner like it did during violence in western Uttar Pradesh two years ago and was shielding those who had “slaughtered cow”. During 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal riots, Som was accused of making inflammatory speeches.
“Like they had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those who have slaughtered cow in a plane. Even when a person is killed, they have different set of rules. Sanjay Rahul Yadav was shot in the incident, but is anyone aware. Did the government help him,” Som told mediapersons as the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav met victim’s family in Lucknow on Sunday.
The BJP MLA remarks came even as BJP leader and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the incident should not be given communal colour or politicised. Som also questioned why the state government had allowed AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi to visit the village and spread “communal frenzy”.
“A person like Owaisi was allowed to come here from Hyderabad. Is the Samajwadi Party government colluding with him? A person from Hyderabad comes and is able to make such statements. Is it not the weakness of the government?
“This government is trying to appease a particular community. They want to do politics of appeasement which we will not allow,” said the MLA.
He also questions the arrests in the lynching case. “We don’t want that those guilty of murder should not be tried but the government should stop framing the innocent,” he said, adding, “Murder cases are on the rise in the state but is the government acting in the same manner in those cases. Are terrorists living here? Police should make arrests only after completing the investigation.”
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, however, dismissed criticism of the government saying that Samajwadi Party would “never do politics” on such incidents.
The UP CM after meeting Ikhlaq’s mother Asgari, brother Mohammed Afzal and daughter Shaista, alleged, “Those doing politics can level any allegation… but I want to assure that Samajwadis never do politics on such things. Since SP government came to power there are some forces trying to create one or the other atmosphere.”