Riot accused Modi’s minister invokes 2013 riots on last day of campaign in Muzaffarnagar


Muzaffarnagar MP and a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Sanjeev Baliyan  on Thursday made a last and desperate attempt to win the assembly by-election for the local saffron party’s candidate by invoking riots and rapes of Hindu women.

And this was no accidental slip of tongue. Balyan, who’s an accused in 2013 riots that killed more than 50 people in Muzaffarnagar, uttered these words by announcing that he was aware of media’s presence. Balyan told people that he was doing so despite media’s presence because he wanted to speak his heart out one last time, as reported by Indian Express.

“Aaj se dhai saal pehle poori jo samasya is janpad mein shuru hui, jo danga hua…jo bhi yahan maujood hai aisa koi vyakti yahan nahi jiska apna koi jail nahi gaya aur bhagwan ke paas na gaya ho. Ek gussa thha… uss gusse ki wajah se ek sadharan parivar ka ek chhota bhai ya beta (ko) aapne sansad mein bheja (The whole issue — of riots — began in this area some two-and-a-half years ago…There isn’t anyone here who did not end up with a family member either dead or in jail. There was anger among the people, and that anger sent me to Parliament,” Balyan was quoted by the paper.

Just hours before Balyan, BJP’s local candidate Kapil Dev Aggarwal and others too addressed the rally.

Balyan, a known hatemonger, said, “Ab tak yeh Kapil Dev Aggarwal ka chunaav thaa. Aaj apke saamne keh raha hun, yeh jeet bhi Sanjeev Balyan ki, aur haar bhi Sanjeev Balyan ki (This was Aggarwal’s election until today. But whatever be the result — victory or defeat — it will be mine).” had last month reported how the BJP had replaced all three candidates in the poll bound Muzaffarnagar, Deoband and Faizabad with those for hardcore Hindutva politics. The party had even borrowed an RSS pracharak to contest from Deoband.

The assembly bypolls are scheduled for 13 February.



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