Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
New Delhi: In March 2012, when the Akhilesh Yadav became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, much was expected from him. However, almost one and a half years down the line he is being seen as a man who has been unable to stem crime and violence in his state.
A look at the recent incidences of violence in UP tells a story in itself. On 02 June, 2012, four people were killed in Mathura at Kosi Kalan after a dispute occurred over drinking water outside a place of worship. On 23 July, 2012, three people were killed in Bareilly over loud music being played near a place of worship in Jogi Navada. Curfew was imposed there again on 12 August following fresh incidence of violence. On 16 September, 2012, six people were killed in Ghaziabad in clashes after a sacred book was allegedly desecrated.
On 24 October, 2012, one person was killed in Faizabad and curfew was imposed after a dispute occurred during Durga procession. On 03 September, 2013, one person was killed in Shamlia and at least 10 injured after a conflict between two communities over garbage dumping in Tisara. The list is long - these are only some of the incidences.
And the latest incident of communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, where the death toll has crossed more than 30, has once again brought the Samajwadi Party rule in the politically volatile state under the scanner.
The Akhilesh government has been under the firing line from Opposition parties for failing to control the violence from spreading. Concerned over the latest incident, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke to UP CM and the Union Home Ministry has asked the state government to send Muzaffarnagar situation report every 12 hours.
Meanwhile, the SP accused its rivals for trying to stir up communal trouble and directly accused the BJP for trying to flare up communal tension. However, even as the blame game continues, questions are being asked of the Akhilesh government. Did the SP government fail in its responsibility to control the Muzaffarnagar violence? Has the state government failed to put a break to the communal flare-ups in the state which is on the rise ever since the SP came back to power last year toppling the BSP government?
The Samajwadi Party has been accused of taking advantage of the communal violence in the state in order to polarise votes and use it to its advantage in 2014 General Elections. It has also been accused of complicity in communal eruptions to garner Muslim votes. In the Muzaffarnagar incident too, the state government has been accused of turning a blind eye to what was happening, in order to gain political mileage.
Whatever, the truth may be, the young CM of Uttar Pradesh had a lot to tough questions to answer and these are definitely tough times for the state. Crime and violence is something that Akhilesh had promised to eradicate after coming to power. If it is on the rise, something that Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde also accepted recently, then an urgent introspection is required as far as the Samajwadi Party is concerned.