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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during a Police Week programme  in Lucknow, on Feb 28, 2015. (Photo: IANS)New Delhi: For the present, the Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh has bought peace with the family of the slain journalist, Jagendra Singh, with a Rs.30 lakh compensation and the promise of government jobs for his two sons.

It, however, remains open to question whether the government will be able to keep its third promise of bringing the guilty to book.

The doubts arise because while the policemen implicated in the murder have been suspended – the time-honoured official ploy to deflect attention – the prime accused, Minister of State for Backward Classes Welfare, Ram Murti Verma, remains free.

The delay in apprehending him is believed to be the ruling party’s disinclination to annoy the Kurmi community to which he belongs. In fact, the state’s Minister for Public Works, Shivpal Singh Yadav, lost no time to say that Verma will not resign till the death was “thoroughly” investigated. Since the Kurmis comprise nine percent of UP’s population, they cannot be ignored.

Now that the journalist’s death is being described as a case of self-immolation, the chances of the minister being put behind bars have become even more remote. As a Samajwadi Party (SP) member confessed, the forensic report which referred to the alleged suicide bid means that the “exercise” of defending the minister has been completed. Clearly, the law has not been allowed to take its own course.

This episode typifies the breakdown of law and order in one of India’s largest states under a government in thrall to caste-based politics.

It was Jagendra Singh’s articles about the minister’s alleged wrongdoings which angered the latter and led to the journalist’s horrifying death. It was on the basis of his dying declaration that the policemen were caught, and a FIR was filed against the minister.

If Akhilesh Yadav has acted after being inactive for nearly two weeks, the reason perhaps is that the grisly incident has occurred at an awkward time for the nascent Janata Parivar, a combination mainly of the parties of backward castes of the Hindi belt.

Since its chief is SP supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the opprobrium of the ghastly tragedy will fall not only on the SP, long known for its association with hoods, but also on the Parivar.530

At a time when the latter’s two important constituents – Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) — are gearing up to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bihar, the shock and revulsion over the journalist’s gruesome death cannot but undermine the electoral position of the two parties to a considerable extent.

During the polls, the backward caste angle will feature prominently in the discourse on the horrific incident, not only because all the important players in the tragedy belong to the backward caste, but also because caste has always been a crucial element in the so-called cow belt.

As parties dependent almost entirely on the support of the backward castes, the Yadavs and Kurmis, the JD-U and the RJD cannot, but be discomfited by the unfolding developments in neighbouring UP, which will continue to be in the limelight in the foreseeable future since the Supreme Court has decided to intervene. The Allahabad High Court is also probing the tragedy.

In contrast to the unease in the JD-U and RJD camps, the BJP’s base among the upper castes, who make up a sizable 14 percent of Bihar’s population, will be further strengthened since the party is bound to play up the spectre of lawlessness in the neighbouring state.

Fears in this regard have been further accentuated by the arrest of a JD-U MLA, Anant Singh, on charges of kidnapping and murder in Bihar.

nitish-kumar-bihar-cm_1The two incidents will revive memories of the “jungle raj”, in the words of the BJP and its former ally, the JD-U, which prevailed in Bihar between 1990 and 2005, when the RJD was in power. In that period, Bihar’s main claim to fame was that virtually its entire infrastructure – roads, bridges, power lines – fell into disrepair, as kidnappers roamed the land in search of victims who would fetch large ransoms.

But burning alive a critic is in a different category. It is closer to the activities of another notorious politician of UP who is suspected of feeding those who earn his displeasure, to crocodiles in a pond in his estate.

UP’s descent can be contrasted with Bihar’s brief regeneration under the government of the JD-U and BJP between 2005 and 2013, when lawlessness was curbed, and the first steps towards development were taken.

After the rupture between the two parties, however, it is back to square one as far as the hopes for economic growth are concerned. Although Nitish Kumar has become chief minister again after briefly stepping down to atone for the JD-U’s defeat in last year’s general election, he is now too busy propping up his fragile alliance with the RJD, to focus on development.

He will now have to dispel fears about the return of the jungle raj. But the two incidents in UP and Bihar will make his task extremely difficult. (IANS)

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Little Known Facts About U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is a nationalist group of young people

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Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.
Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and excellent oratory skills.

By Ruchika Verma

  • Yogi Adityanath is an Indian monk turned politician
  • He is currently the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh
  • Adityanath Yogi is one of the most orthodox politicians in India

When Yogi Adityanath became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, he sent the whole country into a brawl. Adityanath Yogi, as many know him as, is the founder of the youth group, Hindu Yuva Vahini.

Yogi Adityanath is not only a renowned Indian monk but also Hindu nationalist politician who with his association with Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is known as the face of BJP in U.P.

Adityanath Yogi is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. (IANS)
Adityanath Yogi is the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. (IANS)

Here are few little-known facts about Yogi Adityanath you may not have known before:

  • Yogi Adityanath was born on 5th June 1972. His real name is Ajay Singh which he changed after he became a monk.
  • Adiyanath Yogi is a very intelligent man. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from HNB Garhwal University, Uttarakhand.

Also Read: Yogi Adityanath: ‘Taj Mahal is Part of Indian Heritage’

  • Yogi Adityanath was the youngest legislator of Lok Sabha. He became a member of Lok Sabha in 1998 from Gorakhpur constituency. He was the MP from the same constituency for five times in a row.

    Yogi Adityanath is known for his orthodox Hindu ways. Wikimedia Commons
    Yogi Adityanath is known for his orthodox Hindu ways. Wikimedia Commons
  • Mahant Avaidyanath who was Adityanath’s predecessor was the president of Hindu Maha Sabha. They both have kept Hindutva as a forefront agenda during their election campaigns.
  • Adityanath Yogi is believed to be the leader of the ‘purification’ movement in 2005, during which Christians were converted to Hinduism. This step stunned the whole country.
  • Yogi Adityanath is a strong supporter of the “anti-Romeo squad.” These groups strike the couples in public, especially the unmarried ones. He says that these groups work towards restoring the pride of women.

    Adityanath Yogi is the face of BJP, UP. Twitter
    Adityanath Yogi is the face of BJP, UP. Twitter
  • Yogi Adityanath is the founder of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, which is a nationalist group of young Hindu individuals. Many of its group members are Dalit Hindu who are very touchy about Hindu culture and traditions.
  •  Adityanath Yogi was not always on good terms with BJP. In 2010, he was one of the several BJP members who opposed the Women’s Reservation Bill.

Also Read: Adityanath Yogi Keeps the Promises of BJP’s Election Manifesto

  • Yogi Adityanath’s criminal record is hardly a clean slate. He has several criminal cases against him, which include: charges related to rioting, attempt to murder, illegal possession of weapons, and charges against threatening and endangering other people’s  life.

    Adityanath Yogi is a monk turned politician. Twitter
    Adityanath Yogi is a monk turned politician. Twitter
  • Adityanath Yogi is known for his aggression and has been named as one of the main culprits of the Gorakhpur riots.