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What’s different this time for BJP?

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Published on March 19, 2021 with No Comments

Since November 26th 2020, the farmers in India have been protesting against the three farms laws that the Narendra Modi goverment has enacted. Various leaders from the ruling BJP, Central ministers and from various state government were deployed to explain the likely benefits that the farmers may get. However, as elections have been announced in five states, the BJP has shifted its goal post. The promises range from one crore jobs, law against “love jihad”.  It faces a tough battle in states of West Bengal, Kerala, and Assam. BJP has been striving hard to make cow smuggling and love jihad as major electoral issues in West Bengal. Even Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been desperately trying to use these two issues to fire the imagination of the Hindus of West Bengal. But they have not succeeded in their mission so far. Reason, the voters are concerned about its stand on farm laws, National Register of Citizenship and other laws that it passed in recent past. But leaders of BJP are not willing to talk about the same. Voters have expressed at various forums that if the farm laws are as good as BJP has projected them to be, why the same is not on the agenda of the party when it faces the voters. Perhaps BJP knows it would be on a sticky ground if these issues are raised.

Even as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was blaming the West Bengal’s TMC government for poor law and order situation in the state during an election rally, a Dalit man in UP’s Hathras was killed by the molester of his daughter.   Yogi does not feel concerned  at the large scale killing of innocent poor people in UP, but he is worried that Mamata Banerjee’s “appeasement politics has turned Bengal into a lawless state”. He said, “Love jihad is being executed here. We made a law in UP, but here things are different owing to appeasement politics. It is because of this that the state government is unable to stop cow smuggling and love jihad dangerous activities that will show results in times to come.” Definitely, Mamata Banerjee is under moral obligation to clarify about the increase in crime, but Yogi ought to do more introspection. In just four years, crimes against women increased in Uttar Pradesh by over 66 per cent. Registered cases of crimes against women have consistently risen nationwide since 2015, according to a 2019 report. In 2019, there were 3,486 cases of rape against Scheduled Caste women including girls, and 3,375 cases of assault, each constituting around 7-8 per cent of total crimes against Scheduled Castes. Cases of rape and assault on SC women have increased by 37 per cent and 20 per cent respectively since 2015.

In 2019, UP alone accounted for nearly 15 per cent of all registered crimes against women in India. With 59,853 registered cases, the state saw 164 such crimes on average per day. Despite an increased number of cases, Uttar Pradesh’s vast population – the largest of any other state – kept its crime rate against women relatively low, at 55.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Uttar Pradesh has to its credit filing of highest number of sedition cases. People are scared of speaking their minds. Obviously, it does sound good when a person like Yogi tries to preach Hindus living in other states. He is on the mission to divide the society on communal lines.

Leaders of BJP will have to do lot of homework before they go on a campaign sphere in West Bengal and Kerala. The two states that have the highest rate of Literacy and has never backed BJP, and alongwith Assam have a sizeable population of Muslims. The leaders need to understand that they will have to present facts as facts and not just to stir the communal passions.

 

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