On Friday Keshav Prasad Maurya said that before 2017 “lungi chap” goons were used to walk freely and people in “jaalidar topi” (netted skullcap) with rifles were used to threaten businessmen.
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maruya is yet again in headlines for the same reason — provoking and communalizing the state’s communal environment.
On Friday the minister said in a veiled attack on people of minority community that before 2017 (when BJP came to power in the state) “lungi chhap” goons were used to walk freely and people in “jaalidar topi” (netted skullcap) with rifles were used to threaten businessman.
“Before 2017 polls, how many lungi chhaap goons used to roam around.. those wearing jalidar topi with guns in their hands… Who used to threaten traders? Since the BJP government was formed, can you even see such goons?” Maurya said in Hindi at a public rally.
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Two days back, Keshav Prasad Maurya had already stirred the communal pot in the state by hinting at the demolition of Mathura’s Shahi Idgah. In a tweet, Maurya had said, “marvelous construction in Ayodhya in on… now, it’s time for Mathura (Krishna Janmasthal Temple) (Ayodhya Kashi bhavya mandir nirmaan jaari hai Mathura kee tyaari hai.”
The remarks echoed with that of Hindu Mahasabha which had earlier threatened to put Krishna’s idol at Mathura’s Shahi Idgah premises. However, the Mahasabha had to call off their instigating plan of installing idols in the Mosque as it could not get permission from the local administration.
Some Hindu extremist organizations are planning to demolish the 17th century mosque and build Krisna temple as they believed that Sri Krisna was born exactly at the same place where the mosque is built. The mosque is already subjected to many lawsuits for the same reason.
The Mathura district administration had on November 28 imposed section 144 in the wake of growing threats from the Hindu Mahasabha and other organizations and individuals from the same league.
On December 6, India will be mourning for the illegal demolition of Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid. Organisations like Hindumahsabha and individuals like Maurya are trying to follow the same suit as of Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid to communalize the social fabric in their favour months before state assembly election.