Eyeing polls, Sangeet Som says will not let UP turn into another J&K

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Sangeet SomAfter being denied permission to hold a padyatra to instil confidence among people of western Uttar Pradesh, BJP MLA Sangeet Som said he will not let UP become a second Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Despite the state administration denying permission, Som said government officials or the BJP have not given him any such order. Som plans to hold ‘Paidal Nirbhay Yatra’ (from Meerut to Kairana) by neglecting the administration pressure to withdraw the same.

Som, an accused in 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, said, “I will not to do anything against the law. I am a BJP leader.”

“If people are migrating from Kairana, we will make all efforts to bring them back,” said Som, adding the he would work within the ambit of law, according to News18.

While this was so, UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said the party did not announce any ‘Paidal Nirbhay Yatra’. Som has been conveyed the message that the padayatra was not necessary, he added.

Som’s attempt to run things his way, however, has displeased MP Hukum Singh. He had first raised the “Hindu exodus” issue, and later backed off saying that it “is a law and order problem”. A displeased Singh said, “Som’s visit can lead to communal tension.”

At the same time, Samajwadi Party leader Atul Pradhan too announced to hold ‘Sadbhavana Yatra’, beginning from Meerut to Kairana, but the administration said no.

Meanwhile, the RSS mouthpiece organiser has hinted of an ISI connection behind the exodus of Hindu families from Muslim-donated Kairana.