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One-Year Rule of Samajwadi Party in U.P.
CM fails to win the confidence of Muslims

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MOHAMMAD NAUSHAD KHAN takes stock of the one year rule of Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and concludes that it has failed to keep the promises made to Muslims before coming to power.

The report card of Samajwadi Party after completing one year is out in the public domain. The party has asked its cadre to count on its achievements but the law and order situation in the state and the party’s dilly-dallying approach to the promises made to the Muslims before elections have virtually blurred the success story which has been projected in full page advertisements in various newspapers. The Muslims now stand disappointed because expectations were quite high but the outcome is below the line drawn. The party has failed to make any significant mark that was considered important for Muslims in the state, like reservation and release of innocent Muslims.

If we take stock of the party’s one year in power, it has failed rather miserably to maintain law and order. The party has struggled to keep its momentum going right from day one as violence marred its victory ceremony and has kept on multiplying from time to time and before its one-year celebration too the law and order situation rocked the bottom when a senior Muslim police officer was brutally killed. Needless to say, what could be in the minds of general Muslims on safety and security? It is important to note here that last time when the Samajwadi Party lost, it was solely because it had failed to keep the law and situation well in the place and people were completely fed up by chaos and goonda raj which ultimately paved the way for BSP to come to power. The sooner the party realises the importance of the issue of law and order, the lesser will be the damage done in the coming general elections. The party may not be in a commanding position if the law and order situation is not addressed and the concerns of the minority are ignored at will.

The Samajwadi Party in its manifesto and with one-to-one meet with Muslim leaders and groups had promised to give reservation proportionate to Muslims’ population in the state but even after the passage of one year Akhilesh Yadav took the oath there has been no concrete steps taken to ensure that the party is keenly looking forward to fulfil its promises made to the Muslims.

Recently, Mulayam Singh Yadav, while addressing a gathering at the Minority Awareness Convention organised by Samajwadi Minority Wing in Lucknow, said that he has come to know from Akhilesh Yadav that 300 Muslim youth have been released while the state DGP has informed him that 400 Muslims have been released from the entire state. It is yet to be seen whether these individuals were arrested on terror charges and found to be innocent or were simply arrested in petty crimes related incidents. Many believe that it is far from truth and the statement was made to give a message that the promises made to Muslims before elections has been kept. The Samajwadi Party in its manifesto not only promised to release innocent Muslims but also to compensate them and punish those officials found to be guilty. The message that came out from the meet of the minority wing of the party that there is sharp division between minority leaders within the party and the absence of the party’s important leader and minority minister Azam Khan was enough to see through the bickering in the party.  

Muslim leaders also point out the rising instances of communal clashes since the new government came to power. In between March 2012 and December 2012, the state government has admitted that 27 communal clashes, riots and other instances of violence took place in the state. The brutal killing of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haq in Pratapgarh allegedly at the hands of a SP minster who later resigned has also added fuel to the fire and minority leaders and Muslims are alarmed and worried about the safety of Muslims. The gruesome killing of an honest police officer and as a result resignation of food minister of the state Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiya has exposed the ineffectiveness of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in dealing with the law and order situation in  the state. Haq, who is being widely acknowledged as an honest-to-the-pie police officer, was lynched and then shot allegedly by the supporters of Raja Bhaiya. He had gone to Balipur village in Kunda in Pratapgarh on March 2 to control a mob that was protesting the murder of Nanhe Yadav, a village pradhan.

No doubt, the Samajwadi Party has been a game changer for various parties on many occasions and its emphatic win in the assembly election has raised the morale of the party to make its presence felt at the national level. Mulayam Singh is counting on the arithmetic of poll scenario and accordingly trying to adjust his political calculations by keeping his card open to manipulate the post-poll scenario after the general elections. Mulayam Singh’s recent statement that the party would change its view towards BJP if the latter changes its policy and way of thinking towards Muslim and Kashmir, has surprised the Muslim community and many believe that it was a move primarily aimed at his prime ministerial ambition.

Also, it was truly immature on the part of Mulayam Singh when he said that the party cadre’s attitude towards the minority can be changed through morning RSS training Shakhas. If we read in between the lines, we may come across that the Samajwadi Party not only showed a soft approach towards BJP but also towards RSS.

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Delhi Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari has of late broken ties with the Samajwadi Party, including his MLC son-in-law withdrawing from all position in the state government. What kind of political implication it would have is yet to be known but it has certainly marked the disenchantment of the Muslims. Bukhari, after breaking ties with Mulayam Singh, has expressed his disappointment by saying that Mulayam had sought his support and had promised 18 per cent reservation for Muslims, but the government has failed to protect even the basic rights of Muslims. He has also criticised the Samajwadi Party government that in the one year of SP regime, 113 communal incidents took place in UP.

Various political leaders have expressed their feelings on the way the government has functioned during the past one year. BSP leader Swamy Prasad Maurya believes that there is widespread anarchy in the country’s most populous state. To him what can be said of a state where even policemen are not safe? Shri Prakash Jaiswal of Congress has said the killing of Deputy Superintendent of Police Zia-ul-Haq puts a question mark on the government’s ability to provide secure and safe environment for the people in the state. Congress leader Pramod Tiwari has said that government has failed miserably on the law and order front while Laxmikant Bajpayi of the BJP holds the view that inability of the Uttar Pradesh government in controlling riots betrayed the reality. Munna Singh Chouhan of RLD has expressed his view by saying that whenever SP comes to power the rule of law turns into a rule of criminals and goons.

According to a report in the media provided by Lucknow based RTI activist Urvashi Sharma, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has spent 12.5 crore in organizing programmes for the distribution of unemployment cheques worth Rs 8.5 crore in between March-November 2012. Needless to say, how money is being spent to help people in the state.



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