“BJP leaders and workers are not allowed in this area – because women and children live here. Signed – All residents of the locality.”
Residents of a Shivkuti locality of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh (UP) have put up posters with this terse statement.
By way of stinging condemnation, this perhaps surpasses all criticism or attack on a political party.
Asked about this, a resident told APN News, “The way incidents of rape are increasing in the country and involvement of BJP leaders in many such cases, there is insecurity and fear among the women and girl children here about BJP workers and leaders. So, we do not want any worker or leader of BJP to come here.”
A girl, speaking to APN News, said, “The incidents of Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir – the rape cases there – have shocked us. We are extremely unhappy with the BJP government and hence we request that no one from BJP enter this area.”
Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in UP has come under severe attack for trying to shield the BJP legislator from Unnao, Kuldeep Singh Sengar accused of raping a minor girl. The girl, after failing to get justice for about a year, tried to immolate herself in front of chief minister Adityanatah’s residence. While no action was taken on her plea even then, her father was picked up by UP police, allegedly beaten up and tortured by MLA’s brother, and died in police custody after making a dying declaration naming the MLA and his brother.
After an uproar, a case was finally registered against Sengar, but the police refused to arrest him even after that. Under pressure, Adityanath transferred the case to CBI. The Allahabad High Court slammed the state government, ordered arrest of all accused in the case and said it would monitor the probe.
While there have been several incidents of rape and other heinous crimes, it was the impunity with which the ruling party MLA went about freely, with no action being taken against him, that caused the furore.
The extent to which the Adityanath government’s image has taken a beating was manifest in the posters at Shivkuti, Allahabad.