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Samajwadi twist to Padmavati row: When Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘chhoti bahu’ Aparna Yadav did beautiful ghoomar

Even as the protests against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’ refuse to die down, a new controversy has erupted over a dance performance on the movie’s hit song ‘Ghoomar’.On Wednesday, a video of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav went viral. According to media reports, the wife of Samajwadi patriarch’s younger son Prateek Yadav danced to the tunes of the Shreya Ghoshal number at the engagement ceremony of her brother Aman Bisht. The celebrations took place at a 5-star hotel in Lucknow.While the well-choreographed performance shows Aparna Yadav’s efforts, but the fringe groups are not impressed.Reacting to the video, Karni Sena’s Lokendra Singh Kalvi said, ‘We are fighting for our cause. Being a Rajput she is dancing on such songs without caring for the sentiments of Rajput. We will send them the original Ghoomar song and other Rajasthani folk songs if they like it so much.’The viral video come days after one of the members of the Samajwadi Party announced a Rs 5 crore bounty on ‘Padmavati’ actor Deepika Padukone.Thakur Som, who is also an office-bearer of the Chatriya Samaj, warned the Bollywood star to leave the country or face beheading. “The role played by Deepika has hurt the sentiments of Rajput women. No Rajput woman dances in public. Director Sanjay has no knowledge of the history of Rajputs in the country. He has distorted historical facts and should be punished,” Som was quoted as saying by Zee News.Though Akhilesh Yadav or his father have not made any statement on the film, senior leader such as Azam Khan tried to put the issue in new light.Talking about the fact vs fiction issue, Khan on November 21 had said, “There is an objection to the story of a film. Famous film Mughal-e-Azam showed Anarkali as Saleem’s mehbooba (lover), when in reality there is no such thing.”
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Paresh Rawal compares PM Modi to Gautam Buddha, urges Gujaratis not to vote along caste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal launched another attack on Congress claiming that it would be a ‘sin and moral turpitude’, to vote on the basis of ‘caste and creed’ in the land of ‘Gautam Buddha-like Narendra Modi.”Addressing a gathering while attending PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat event in Rajkot, he was quoted saying by Indian Express: “Such a man (like Narendra Modi) is difficult to find. Such a man can only come after much worship. Such dynamic persons are incarnations and can’t be produced by politics. If we decide to vote on the basis of caste and creed in the state of a man who has left his family and everything else behind and, like Gautam Buddha, is out to serve the country, we could be ungrateful people. It would be a sin, a moral turpitude. We can’t do it. We are people of the land of Sardar Patel and Mahatma Gandhi.”Rawal went on to ask whether parents wanted their son to be Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi. He urged people to vote for whoever they picked. He also suggested that Congress was using Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani, to save Rahul Gandhi’s political career. Rawal was in the eye of the storm after allegedly comparing royals to monkeys. Rawal however apologised, claiming his ‘monkey’ comment was aimed at the Nizam of Hyderabad and not Rajputs. The Karni Sena, in the news over the protests against Padmavati, had warned Paresh Rawal over his statement.
ALSO READ Comparison with monkeys was meant for Nizam of Hyderabad: Paresh Rawal in apology to RajputsHe said: “I apologise unconditionally to all the members of Rajput community. I don’t know why I spoke those words. I never intended to hurt sentiments of any community: Paresh Rawal on his earlier statement allegedly comparing royals and music with monkeys.”He had apologised earlier as well, claiming that the message wasn’t for the Rajput community but aimed at ‘Nizam of Hyderabad’.‘My statement was not on the Rajput community. They are a splendour community in India and they make us proud. Nothing wrong will come out of my mouth against such a brave community,’ Rawal told the media. awal was in the eye of the storm a few days ago, when he wrote and deleted a tweet regarding the ‘Yuva Desh’s derogatory meme. However, he later issued an apology for ‘hurting feelings’.
ALSO READ Congress should have condemed chaiwala meme on PM Modi says Vijay GoelIn the tweet that is now deleted, he had written, ‘Our Chai-Wala is any day better than tour Bar-Wala !’ The 67-year-old actor-turned-politician was responding to the ‘Indian Youth Congress’ online magazine ‘Yuva Desh,’ where they tweeted a picture of Prime Minister Modi in conversation with U.S President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May. However, later he issued an apology and wrote, ‘Deleted the tweet as it’s in bad taste n I apologise for hurting feelings.’

Padmavati row: After Madhya Pradesh, now Gujarat bans Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat on Wednesday banned the screening of controversial Bollywood film Padmavati.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the ban on the movie for “hurting the sentiments of Rajputs” in the state.”The Government of Gujarat will not allow #Padmavati – a movie hurting sentiments of Rajputs – to get released in the State. We can’t allow our history to be distorted. We believe in freedom of speech & expression but any foul play with our great culture is not tolerated,” CM Rupani said on Twitter.The Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus has been marred in a controversy, where a group has alleged that the film ‘distorts’ the history of Rajput queen Padmini.On Monday, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also banned the controversial movie on ‘Rani Padmini’ in the state. Chouhan said the movie which has distorted facts about the Rajput queen will not make it to the theatres in Madhya Pradesh even though the film maybe given a green signal by the censor board.Before Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan distributors had also refused to show the movie.Other states like Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have also urged the filmmakers to make the necessary changes in the movie and remove the “objectionable” parts in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the Rajput community.Rajput Karni Sena (RKS) has been protesting against the film demanding a nationwide ban on its release. Ministers and erstwhile royals are also adding voice to the protest.The film was slated for release on December 1. But on Sunday, it was confirmed that the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama has been delayed. The film was submitted to the CBFC for certification but it was returned to the makers because of ‘incomplete application’.The production house, Viacom18 motion pictures, sent out an official release on Sunday confirming the delay in the release of Padmavati.

Padmavati: Why a Bollywood epic is facing fierce protests

Hindu caste groups say the film depicts romantic scenes between a Hindu queen and a Muslim king.

Jaipur royal and BJP MLA Diya Kumari issues dire warning to Padmavati team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP MLA and member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari has warned that Padmavati would not be released if it does not depict history authentically and takes liberty with facts. Interestingly, Deepika had been hosted by erstwhile Jaipur royals while she was promoting Bajirao Mastani another Bhansali film that had attracted controversy for similar reasons; distorting history. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the legislator said “No film should hurt the sentiments of a community by twisting historical facts. The director of the film Padmavati, Sanjay Leela Bhansali should not wrongly depict the story of Queen Padmavati of Chittor.”The Rajput and Brahmin organisations have been demanding that the film be released only after a panel of historians are shown the film. Adding her voice to the demand, the member of the erstwhile royal family also said that Bhansali should get the facts in the film verified by a forum of historians and then release it. Speaking on behalf of the community, Diya Kumari said the Rajputs will not allow any distortion of the valiant history of Rajasthan and sacrifice of its people in fighting barbarians.Interestingly Deepika Padukone, who portrays the character of Padmavati the valiant queen of Chittorgarh had visited the erstwhile Jaipur royal family in 2015 while doing the promotional rounds for her film Bajirao Mastani. She rode a royal buggy and had met three generations of the family. Incidentally Bajirao Mastani was also by Bhansali and had courted controversy. Padmavati is slated for a December 1 release.

Rajput Karni Sena leads protest against Padmavti, burn Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s effigy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Led by Rajput Karni Sena, several groups protested against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavati on the parapets of Chittorgarh fort.The protest was led by Rajput Karni Sena and Rajput community and was joined by the local unit of Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal along with local Muslim organisations. Rajput women too took part in the protest at Chittorgarh, the city whose history is depicted in the film Padmavati. Local trader bodies also supported the protest by Rajputs and business in the city was shut down for two hours.The women in traditional Rajput attire raised slogans against Bhansali. The protestors led by the founder patron of the Rajput Karni Sena, Lokendra Singh Kalvi burnt the effigy of Bhansali and gave a memorandum to the collector demanding that the film not be released.“We demand a ban on the release of the film. We do not trust Bhansali and he has not honoured the agreement he made with us. Our agreement had 4 points;1) Screening of film at pre-sensor board stage to our panel of historians2) No pre-release activity without taking us in confidence3) No dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati4) No commercial cashing on the personal love life of Deepika and Ranveer Singh who play Khilji and Padmavati, by distorting history and dignity of Padmavati. Bhansali has gone back on his word. We do not want any compromise. We demand a ban. Nothing less,” said Kalvi. Padmavati is reportedly based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh. The Rajputs are unhappy ever since they came across an interview of Ranveer Singh where he spoke about a dream love sequence between Khilji and Padmavati. Earlier this year members of the organisation had manhandled Bhansali, while he was shooting at Jaipur. They had reached an agreement with Bhansali productions about Padmavati not being projected contrary her dignity.Incidentally Rajput Karni Sena is the same organisation that had opposed Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Jodha Akbar. The protests had turned so widespread that no cinema hall agreed to release the film and ultimately Jodha Akbar was not released in Rajasthan. Rajput Karni Sena wants to repeat the feat with Padmavati.

Poll wary Vasundhara Raje balm for miffed Rajputs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajput rally at Sanwrad on 12th July brought to the fore different political connotations with it. Where the anti-government wave of the Rajputs came out in the open, political parties are now looking to make the most of the existing situation.Approximately a year from now, the people would cast their votes to choose a new government in Rajasthan. However, the same thought has brought out the BJP politicos from their so-called ‘deep slumber’. the reason, a dissent in its traditional vote bank – Rajputs.Anandpal’s encounter gave a forum to Rajput leaders to express their anger. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is also keeping her fingers crossed to woo the Rajputs.However, off late, the Rajputs have felt a discord with the chief minister.The discord was brought to the front when during a meeting of Rajput community in Jodhpur which was attended by thousands of members, Raje had allegedly reached uninvited.During the meeting, prominent leaders had made strong objections to Raje approaching the Rajputs so late. Sources reveal that the aftermath of Sanwrad incident has made Raje realise that the Rajputs will not favour the party.Due to this reason, a contingency plan has been made wherein Raje has directed a minister – also from the Rajput community – to identify the people from the community who did not support the agitation against Anandpal encounter. The cabinet minister has made teams at each district level that is now interacting with the community members in villages and cities. The team is tasked with identifying those from the community whowere averted to the Anandpal encounter and Sanwrad incident.BALLOT BLUEPRINT Contingency plan has been made wherein Raje has directed a cabinet minister – also from the Rajput community – to identify the people from the community who did not support the agitation after Anand Pal encounter. The cabinet minister has made teams on each district level that is now interacting with the community members in hamlets, villages, and cities.The team is tasked with identifying those people from the Rajput community who were averted to the Anand pal encounter and Sanwrad incident.The cabinet minister is himself supervising the entire operations.

1 dead, 2 hurt in violent clashes between Bharwads & Rajputs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent clashes between members of the Bharwad and Rajput communities in two districts of Gujarat today left one person dead and two seriously injured, the police said. The clashes, during which firearms were used, took place in Morbi and adjoining Surendranagar district, where Internet services have been suspended for the time being to curb rumour mongering, officials said. Incidents of arson, stone-pelting and rioting were reported from near Morbi district’s Halvad town and in some villages around Surendranagar’s Dhrangadhra town, the police said. Trouble began when members of the Rajput community had an altercation with the Bharwads while they were going to Dhrangadhra for a condolence meeting of Rajput leader Indrasinh Zala, who was hacked to death last Friday, officers at the Morbi police control said. “Some Rajputs and Bharwads came face to face near Halvad after some persons hurled stones on the former. The groups clashed when the Rajputs from different parts of Morbi district were headed towards Dhrangadhra to attend Zala’s ‘besna’ (condolence meet),” SP (Morbi) Jaypalsinh Rathod said. During the clashes in Halvad this evening, around 30 vehicles were torched. One person from the Bharwad community died, while two others were seriously injured, he said. “The situation is under control as a large number of police personnel have been deployed on the Halvad-Dhrangadhra road,” the SP said. Meanwhile, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja urged the people from both the communities to remain calm. “To prevent spread of rumours, we have suspended Internet services in Morbi and Surendranagar. As many as seven companies of the State Reserve Police have been sent to control the situation. SPs of Rajkot, Jamnagar and Gandhidham districts along with three Range IGs were also sent to the affected areas,” said Jadeja. Zala, a former president of Dhrangadhra municipality, was in jail since 2013 in connection with the murder of a Bharwad community member and was hacked to death a day after he was released on parole. Since then, the situation in Dhrangadhra has been tense, said an official of the Surendranagar police control room. According to Surendranagar SP Deepak Kumar Meghani, violence in Halvad sparked clashes near Dhrangadhra. “After Halvad, clashes spread to Dhrangadhra. Violent mobs also torched several vehicles and attacked shops at Chuli village. We have called for reinforcements to tackle the situation,” said Meghani.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bheem Army chief’s brother briefly detained by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kamal Kishore, the brother of Bheem Army founder Chandrashekhar, was today detained by the police here while he was on his way to meet the press. Kamal Kishore, along with his mother Samlesh, was on his way to meet the press at Budhvihar in Bamiyan area. He was held by the police midway, but later released, senior superintendent of police Prabal Pratap Singh said. The police was informed that Chandrashekhar’s mother and brother were about to meet mediapersons, the SSP said, adding Kamal Kishore has not been taken into custody and he was at his home. Singh said Chandrashekhar’s mother and brother were not allowed to meet the press at Budhvihar in Bamiyan. Members of the Bheem Army, a Dalit group, had on May 9 torched a bus and set a number of two-wheelers afire after the administration had turned down their request to hold a mahapanchayat in Gandhi Park to demand compensation for those affected in the May 5 inter-caste clashes here. The organisation of Dalit youths across seven states in northern India, was founded by Chandrashekhar two years ago in Saharanpur, and shot into limelight in April when an Ambedkar Jayanti procession was stopped by Rajputs at Shabbipur village, the epicentre of the recent troubles here. Samlesh has alleged that his son Chandrashekar, a lawyer, was being framed by the police over the clashes. Kamal Kishore threatened that if Chandrashkhar was arrested the workers of the Bheem Army would also get arrested and overcrowd the jails. Chandrashekhar, despite being wanted for his alleged involvement in the clashes between the police and the protesters on May 9, made an appearance with his supporters in New Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Administration failed to gauge the repercussion of Dalit issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What could be the reasons behind the sudden rise in caste conflicts?Dominant communities like Rajputs have always subjugated the Dalits, who have traditionally been serving them. While these are strong words, this is how the social equation has been for many centuries. This structure has been toppling over the last 10-15 years, with Dalits advancing economically, politically, and academically. This must have made the dominant castes feel threatened of a possible disruption in the social structure. However, the problem escalates because the dominant castes refuse to accept this Dalit ascend, which reflects even in minor issues. Case in point could be the April skirmish when the Dalits weren’t allowed to put up a statue of Dr Ambedkar within the premises of Ravidas temple in Shabbirpur village. Ideally, this shouldn’t have been an issue. Rajputs have erected Maharana Pratap’s statues at schools, colleges, and even public places without facing an iota of objection.In fact, it is a long-term challenge and battling it will be a gradual process too. The changes in the social structure are bound to happen; it will take time for people to adjust to them. Repercussions of these issues, on the other hand, should be very clear to the administration, which, I believe, was lacking. In the statue case, for example, the administration should have taken measures to facilitate the move.But caste issues play up at the local thana levels also. What is being done to address it?I was sitting with the Dalits in Shabbirpur village one day when I suddenly realised that all three constables there had the surname ‘Rana’ mentioned on their nameplates. I wondered how much they would appreciate the problems of the Dalits. They are so blind towards their own caste due to the rampant indoctrination, that they often end up behaving like a private army than an arm of the state.In the last decade, efforts were made to even divide policemen along caste lines. I was shocked to learn that most politicians have gunners who share their caste and surname. This reflects on how politicised the policing in the country is. Unwittingly or not, politicians have promoted a belief that members of certain castes will have better life chances.There are no forums in UP where policemen can get a training in neutrality and professionalism. We intend to inculcate these virtues in our men.What is your understanding of Bhim Army?The Bhim Army started as a social reform organisation, which would provide education, etc. All of a sudden it has turned into a pseudo-militant organisation. This change could be attributed to the changes in the social structure. Most people these days, especially the youth, want rapid changes in the landscape; these are the ones who get attracted to radical organisations such as Bhim Army. The meteoric rise in the body’s popularity is mainly due to a large number of youth joining it and increasing its presence on the social media. Now, almost every village in western UP has a Bhim Army. One needs to understand it in terms of the social dynamics.Does it pose a threat in any way?It is too early to say so. There are a lot of conspiracy theories afloat. One is that the dominant Dalit section of the BSP is being sabotaged by other parties and they are funding them. Another theory suggests that people are conniving against the leading party to tarnish their image. Once we restore order in the area, we will investigate the matter. The investigation will have a dual approach — its presence and who are supporting it and whether its platform was misused by miscreants during the riot — was the Bhim Army instrumental in provoking people by miscommunicating facts.Prima facie, do you see a chance of Chandrashekhar’s involvement?He began this organisation a few years ago and leads it too. So, in every way, he is liable for whatever the organisation does. Even though he has been named in one of the FIRs, his active presence in the conflict could not be established.How is the situation in Shabbirpur and adjacent villages?Overtly everything is quiet. People are back to leading their normal lives. But there is an undercurrent of complete distrust towards the ‘other’ community. This is the main challenge for us now. If this distrust continues, even the slightest provocation may lead to a riot.What measure is the administration taking to work on this?Both communities feel that the police were inactive in quelling the riot. Therefore, to regain their confidence, district level officers have been changed and we (top officials) are visiting them and interacting with them too.As for the general distrust between the two communities, we are in talks with them. Peace committee meetings have been held in several villages with an aim to make the people sort out issues internally. Besides this, we have held talks at the district level with people who are active on social platforms, such as the Vyapar Mandal. They have been requested to intervene. The district administration has been advised to use social platforms to multiply efforts.

Rahul attacks Modi Govt. after permission denied to visit Saharanpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After being denied permission to visit riot-hit Saharanpur, the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi vented his ire on the Centre while saying that latter is adopting the policy of ?divide and distract? as they have failed to deliver their promises. ?When they fail to deliver they divide & distract. But anger and hatred will not convert into jobs or solutions,? Rahul said in a tweet. Rahul, earlier in the day, was denied permission to visit Saharanpur, where a caste conflict had erupted in which many Dalits were allegedly targeted. The confirmation of this development was given by Additional Director General of Police Law and Order Aditya Mishra to ANI. Gandhi was supposed visit Saharanpur to take stock of the prevailing situation. Clashes occurred on Tuesday after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured. The State Government also announced to give compensation of Rs. 15 lakh to relatives of the person, who was killed during this incident. In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government on Thursday transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to submit report on the recent worrisome clashes in Saharanpur. Earlier, Saharanpur District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh was sacked after he was unable to control the clashes between two communities in the area. On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lawyer seeks SC’s intervention in Saharanpur violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the recent communal clashes in Saharanpur, lawyer Sanobar Ali Qureshi on Friday filed the petition in the apex court seeking its intervention and a direction to the Uttar Pradesh Government to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the matter under the supervision of a sitting judge of the High Court. The petitioner also sought a direction to the State Government, to grant compensation to all those who died and sustained injuries in the clash and whose articles were allegedly burnt and stolen from their houses. A copy of the petition, which was accessed by ANI, stated that the top court should pass a direction to the police to provide to villagers in order to stop forceful migration from their villages because of insecurity. Fresh clashes occurred on Tuesday after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured. The State Government also announced to give compensation of Rs. 15 lakh to relatives of the person, who was killed during this incident. In the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, the Yogi Adityanath Government on Thursday transferred 174 Sub-Divisional Magistrates. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) also asked the Uttar Pradesh Government to submit report on the recent worrisome clashes in Saharanpur. Earlier, Saharanpur District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh was sacked after he was unable to control the clashes between two communities in the area. On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between the Dalits and the Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence. Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has ben denied permission by the Uttar Pradesh Police to visit violence-hit Saharanpur.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Left shaken after thrashing, UP Dalit too scared to return home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inderpal, 53, doesn’t want to go back to Shabbirpur, the epicentre of ongoing tension between Dalits and Rajputs that dots the rural landscape of southern Saharanpur.”They (Rajputs) won’t let me live. The Rajput boys of my village had launched a murderous attack on me and I know them well — Bablu, son of Dhoom Singh, his brother Popi, Brijesh, son of Bhopal Mukhia, Hari Om, son of Yashpal, and two school-going kids, Tunnu and Subhash,” says Inderpal, lying on his bed in the trauma centre of Saharanpur’s district civil hospital.Inderpal was attacked with axes and rods on Tuesday evening when he was coming back to his side of the village to watch Mayawati’s rally after watering sugarcane crops in fields that lie beyond the basti of Rajputs and Jheevars in Shabbirpur. He is being treated for deep gashes on his head and fractured hands.”I was still in the fields when my friends asked me to come and see the rally at around 5 pm. I told them I’ll come a little later and catch up with them through a shorter route that goes through the basti,” Inderpal says.On his way back, when Inderpal entered the Rajput area after crossing the houses of Jheevars, a few youths caught him. They wanted revenge for a May 5 incident in which Sumit, a Rajput youth of nearby Rasoolpur village, was killed following clashes between the two communities over a procession of Maharana Pratap’s birth centenary.”I pleaded with them to not harm me as I, being an old person, was in no way involved in the incident. But they did not listen,” Inderpal says.”My days are over in Shabbirpur now. When our village head, who is an affluent Dalit with 70 bighas of farming land, fears for his life and is absconding, how can I stand up against them (Rajputs)?” he adds.

BJP urges Mayawati not to `add oil in Saharanpur fire`

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Aiming at revival of peace in the violence-stricken Saharanpur, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday urged Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati not to add oil in the prevailing tense situation. BJP spokesperson Nalin Kolhi told ANI that Mayawati?s inflammatory words aimed at instigation cannot be ignored. ?Our first concern is that peace should return there, no one should suffer and properties, whether private or public must be protected. The second issue is that by going there and instigating, contributing to an already tense situation with inflammatory words or an act (or words) which may not calm down the temperature there cannot be ignored. So, before levelling allegations on the BJP, Mayawati will have to answer,? Kohli said. BJP leader S. Prakash also held the same opinion and said that it is Mayawati?s duty to ensure peace and not speak in a manner which vitiates the atmosphere further. ?Mayawati was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. It is her duty to create communal harmony where disturbances are taking place. If there are disturbances, she should not add oil to it. She should see that violence is stopped and peace is restored. As a responsible leader, it is her duty to ensure peace and not speak against and vitiate the atmosphere further,? Prakash told ANI. Addressing a rally in Saharanpur?s Shabbirpur village, Mayawati on Tuesday held the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh Government for creating rift between the Dalits and the Rajputs and claimed her party ruled Uttar Pradesh four times but “didn’t let a single episode of communal violence to occur and maintained communal harmony.” “The clashes in this area happened because of the local administration. The Dalits wanted to organise a function at the Ravidas Temple on April 14 to mark the birth anniversary of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, but the local administration didn’t permit saying no prior permission was taken. Therefore, the Dalits objected to the Thakurs’ Maharana Pratap procession that also didn’t have permission,” said Mayawati. One person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between Dalits and Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages on May 5. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saharanpur smoldering in fire of casteism lit by BJP Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the worrisome Saharanpur clashes, the Congress Party on Thursday said the city was smoldering in the fire of casteism lit by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The grand old party accused the BJP of inciting communal tension in Saharanpur. ?The UP Government did not, as it should have done, take people into confidence and control them. In fact, it looks as if the instigation was made by the BJP only. The fire was lit by the BJP and Saharanpur is smoldering in that fire. I am afraid that the fire of casteism might burn the other places of Uttar Pradesh. The administration and government are solely responsible for the situation in Saharanpur,? Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI. Resonating similar sentiments, another Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad said the Yogi Government has turned out to be complete failure. ?The Yogi Government has turned out to be a complete failure in past two months, keeping in mind various such incidents taking place in the state. The Chief Minister should try everything to control the situation,? Ahmad told ANI. Yesterday, in the wake of clashes between two communities in Saharanpur, District Magistrate Nagendra Parsad Singh was sacked over his inability to control the fresh bout of violence in the area. Clashes occurred on Tuesday after Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati’s visit to Saharanpur, where one person was killed and several others were injured. The state government also announced to give compensation of Rs. 15 lakhs to relatives of the person who was killed during this incident. On May 5, one person was killed and 16 people, including a head constable, were injured in clashes between Dalits and Rajputs in Shabbirpur and Simlana villages. Reports said that the police stopped the Maharana Pratap procession after some Dalits informed the police. This angered Rajputs, who allegedly resorted to violence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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