Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav has questioned the recent police encounters and the destruction of property of the accused in the Umesh Pal murder case. He has said that it is the responsibility of the courts, not the police, to punish the criminals. The truth is that mafia gangs in UP are so deeply rooted that instead of conventional measures, strict action is needed. So far Yogi Adityanath’s government has either demolished or attached assets worth more than Rs 1100 crores of Atiq Ahmed and his associates, but has not stopped the activities of his criminal gang completely. Sitting in Sabarmati Jail 1200 km away, Atiq Ahmed was the mastermind of Umesh Pal’s murder in Prayagraj. Yogi is working in the right direction. It has decided to put an end to the terror spread by criminal gangs, be it Ateeq Ahmed or Mukhtar Ansari. There are reports of some policemen also helping these gangs. The jail has become a haven for these criminal dons. Abbas Ansari, son of gangster Mukhtar Ansari, used to give orders to the officers inside Chitrakoot jail. His wife was easily allowed to visit him in a closed room. During a recent raid, it was found that the officers, from the jailer to the jail superintendent, had a nexus with the gangster. Money, gifts and other luxuries were being provided to Mukhtar’s son inside the jail.
The jail superintendent, jailer and warden were arrested on Monday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is going to complete six years of his rule. According to official figures, in the last six years, the UP police conducted 10,760 operations against criminals and 178 criminals were killed in encounters. About 4,900 criminals were injured and more than 23,000 criminals were arrested. In the encounters, 15 UP soldiers were martyred and 1,425 were injured. Those accusing the UP police of fake encounters should read these figures carefully. The important thing is that now there is rule of law in UP, the common man is living peacefully and people have no fear to step out of their homes. Women also feel safe in UP and this is a big achievement for any Chief Minister.
Rahul Gandhi in Britain
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi continued to criticize Narendra Modi’s government in the United Kingdom in his speech at Cambridge University or while addressing the Indian diaspora. He alleged that the voice of the opposition is being suppressed in the Parliament. I have no objection to Rahul Gandhi saying so on foreign soil. In this age of global digital media, it matters little where one speaks. Anyone from anywhere in the world can see anyone saying it from anywhere. I think people in London must have been surprised when they saw Rahul saying that there is no freedom of expression in India and the voice of the opposition is being silenced. People in the UK must have seen Rahul speaking during his Bharat Jodo tour. They must have seen his speeches in Parliament. Britons know that Rahul has spoken on all issues in India, be it demonetisation, GST, pandemic lockdown and China. He spoke on all these issues and no one stopped him. When Rahul used to speak on these issues in the Parliament, most of the news channels used to telecast his speech live. People can still watch his speeches on YouTube and on various websites. That’s why no one will believe Rahul’s allegation that there is no freedom of speech in India. Rather, people would say that Rahul utters the same words, delivers the same dialogues, and makes the same allegations, without changing the specifics. Only the locations change, not the characters. It would have been better if Rahul had spoken something new, something sharp, based on facts and figures. Then no one gets a chance to raise questions.
CBI, Rabri Devi and Opposition
In Patna on Monday, the CBI questioned Rabri Devi for four hours at her residence in connection with the ‘land for job’ scam. It was not sudden. CBI had earlier given notice, summoned but Rabri Devi had requested CBI to interrogate her at home citing health reasons. The time, place and date were decided by Rabri Devi. The CBI also visited the residence of Lalu’s daughter Misa Bharti in Delhi on Tuesday to question ailing RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is recuperating after a major surgery in Singapore. On Monday, several opposition leaders including Sharad Pawar, Sanjay Raut, Arvind Kejriwal, Priyanka Gandhi and Tejashwi Yadav condemned the questioning and alleged that the Modi government was trying to harass political rivals.
Kejriwal is worried as his close aide Manish Sisodia has been sent to Tihar jail till March 20 by a Delhi court in connection with the Delhi Liquor Excise scam. Kejriwal wants to form an anti-Modi front with other parties like NCP, Shiv Sena, SP, RJD, NC, TMC, BRS. He has the support of Tejashwi Yadav, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrasekhar Rao, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav and Uddhav Thackeray, but Congress and Janata Dal (United) are not in the list. The Congress says that in some cases the action of the CBI and ED may be politically motivated, but in the case of Manish Sisodia, the CBI’s action was justified. The Congress, which is in opposition in Punjab, has alleged that the AAP government is misusing investigative agencies to target opposition leaders. While Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann calls the action of his Vigilance Department legal, the action of CBI and ED in Delhi is illegal and politically motivated. This is nothing but double standards.
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