Tainted persons refused entry by SP have been given shelter by BSP
Lucknow: "Gunde chadh gaye haathi par, goli marenge chhati par'( All the goons have climbed on the elephants, they will fire bullets at your chests).
The reference is to the Bahujan Samaj Party which has elephant as the election symbol and which has provided tickets to the Mafia-turned-politician, Mukhtar Ansari and his two family members.
The slogan has been coined by its rival, Bhartiya Janta Party, to forewarn people of the state who will go for vote in next two months, against the Dalit-based party. The victory achieved by the party in the election will let loose a reign of terror, the saffron brigade seems to tell them.
Their selection .which may not lead to any anarchy, has caused dismay to many others who have been advocating against criminalisation of politics. The party has received flaks also because they had been refused entry by another party, the Samajwadi Party, just three months back.
Leader of the party and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav deserves praise in this regard. For, he had disallowed another tainted person, D P Yadav, to join the party and had declared at that time as long as his writ runs he would see to it that such elements are not accommodated in the party. Clearly, he has lived up to his promise.
BSP leader Mayawati deserves condemnation for she too has often spoken against criminalisation of politics in public. Her statement in defence is as shocking as allotment of tickets to them. Defending the action She has said that they have been framed and that all cases against them had political motives behind.
To refresh her memory, if she has made the statement due to memory loss, Mukhtar is facing more than 15 criminal cases including murder of a BJP MLA and has been in jail for past several years. Like other political leaders she may also claim that he has been elected four times by the people who are the masters in a democratic set-up. As such, no one should hold a grudge against him.
He may win again along with two other family members, leaving anti-criminal lobby in the state looking at them in disbelief.