Baffled with mandate in UP elections, Samajwadi party shrouds its defeat with hooliganism
This is the classic example of the Jungle raj that has pulled the reins in on the Uttar Pradesh for decades and now is in the pitfalls. The public voted overwhelmingly against SP’s violent ways and its penchant for resorting to violence
New Delhi, March 17, 2017: The gigantic win by BJP in UP elections that obliterated all the political equations by the political analysts has left the other contested parties shell-shocked with the results. Where few of them initiated their self-analysis to spot the weaklings and procure better chances of winnability, few others (BSP & AAP) miffed with the overwhelming victory of BJP, tried to turn it into the controversy of EVM tampering. But there is one party which has bid adieu all the values & ethics and retorted to violence just to avenge their defeat.
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When the whole village retired to sleep after the joyous and hectic day of Holi, a group of Samajwadi Party workers on Monday night wrecked havoc over the villagers, thrashed them vociferously, and set their huts to fire, reported News 18. This unfortunate incident took place in the Rajbar area of Narayanpur Village in Eastern Uttar Pradesh.
The incident has left many people severely injured. As of now, a strong police contingent has been deployed in the village and the situation is under control. The villagers while talking to the reporters said that the Samajwadi party workers were repeatedly asking why they had voted in BJP’s favour and why had they not voted for the ‘Cycle’.
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This is the classic example of the Jungle raj that has pulled the reins in on the Uttar Pradesh for decades and now is in the pitfalls. The public voted overwhelmingly against SP’s violent ways and its penchant for resorting to violence.
The BJP government, once it assumes office, has promised in its manifesto as well as time and again during rallies that it will end lawlessness in the state.
Violence could never be implied as a retort to any order or command, neither it should be subjected as an outcome. The change in regime duly affects the practices of prior regimes. It will be interesting to see whether the BJP adhere to the prevalent hooliganism or condemns it like it did, in its manifesto.
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Tension in Pakistan increasing due to emergence of Radical Political Groups.
Extremist groups are gaining a footing in Country’s politics.
According to reports, goverment’s efforts are not enough to stop the emerging radicalism in Pakistan.
Concerns are being voiced in Pakistan about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties.
Taj Haider, one of the prominent and founding members of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has been in power five times since 1970, told VOA the country is again seeing the trend of extremist groups camouflaging themselves to enter into politics.
“Religion and politics cannot go hand in hand, but unfortunately this is our new reality. We have seen the recent by-elections in Lahore and Peshawar where militant-turned-political parties were able to mobilize people and gather votes,” Haider said. “And these so-called new political parties, with proven terror records, look determined to contest the upcoming elections in 2018.”
In a recent high-level party meeting presided by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the government was sharply criticized on its inability to forcefully implement the National Action Plan and bar proscribed groups from entering the political sphere.
The National Action Plan is a 20-point strategy devised to combat extremism in 2015 that clearly states no banned groups can operate in the country by changing their names or identity.
Analysts say many other political parties are also agitated and wary about the recent political dynamic that has allowed radicalized groups to enter the political arena.
“The government has repeatedly said it will not allow the hardliners to enter into politics, but the reality is different, these parties are going into masses,” Rasul Baksh Raees, a prominent analyst from Pakistan told VOA.
“As long as these proscribed groups stick to their extreme ideologies and violence, they will be a danger to the society and democracy itself.”
PPP’s acute criticism came as Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), inaugurated the office of his newly launched political party Milli Muslim League (MML) in the eastern city of Lahore.
Pakistan’s Election Commission rejected MML’s party registration application in October, citing its link to Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a U.S. designated terror-sponsoring organization.
But MML looks determined to contest the upcoming state and provincial elections. The party has several offices, has launched a website, and has a social media team spreading its messages through Facebook and Twitter.
Pakistan’s government has repeatedly emphasized it will not tolerate any political party with a proven record of promoting violence and terrorism to use democracy and political means to spread their extreme ideologies.
But critics still say the government is not doing enough to stop radical groups from entering politics.
“Look what happened in Lahore’s recent by-election and who can forget the power show by extremists on the roads of Islamabad. The government was totally helpless,” Raees said.
During the Lahore election in September, a MML backed independent candidate secured the fourth position in the race. The by-election was also contested by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TeL), another extremist religious party created to carry-on Mumtaz Qadri’s mission, the bodyguard who killed Punjab’s Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 after he had demanded reforms in the controversial blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri was later sentenced to death.
In November, thousands of followers of the Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labaik blocked Islamabad roads for weeks and demanded the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, after accusing him of blasphemy. The government eventually surrendered to hardliners’ demands after Pakistan’s military played the role of mediator.
The experts say the emerging trend of politicizing militancy is a danger to democracy. They also point out the sectarian and hardline rationale will further complicate the situation in the country that has been trying to combat terrorism for more than a decade.
“Imagine when these hardliners, through political parties, will spread their extreme views on the grassroots level. What will be the future of this country?” Raees said.
But some politicians dismiss the blending of radicalized groups into politics. Haider believes the people of Pakistan can differentiate between politicians and extremists and will not allow militant-turned-politicians to thrive.
“If you look at the past, the religious parties including the Jamaat-i-Islami [an old religious party], despite having a huge following, were never able to clean sweep or get majority in the electoral process of the country,” said Haider.
“Even now, with all these efforts, I believe Milli Muslim League or Tehreek-e-Labaik will not be able to pull large numbers during the general elections. Religious or sectarian votes are scattered in the country and can’t be unified and will not help these newly established political parties to win a prominent number of seats.” VOA