Sporting broad smiles, BJP leaders pay tributes to Kasganj victim

‘The party hopes to capitalise on communal polarisation to reap rich dividends in the next general elections’

Photo courtesy: Dainik Jagran 
Photo courtesy: Dainik Jagran

Ashutosh Sharma

Signs of unbridled satisfaction appeared on the faces of BJP leaders as they giggled and lit lamps before the portrait of Chandan Gupta during a tribute function organised at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh.

Twenty-year-old Chandan died in communal violence which broke out in Kasganj on Republic Day during an unauthorised Tricolour rally. He was a student.

“During the tribute function, the BJP leaders were all smiles as they lit the lamps. They even found it difficult to observe the two-minute silence. It left the attendees perplexed,” according to a report published in the Meerut edition of Dainik Jagran: “Besharmi ki hadd hai……Shradhanjali Sabha mein bhi haste rahay Bhajpai (Height of shamelessness…..BJP leaders kept laughing through the tribute function).

The report stated that BJP MLA Satya Prakash Agarwal was present at the tribute function with other local leaders.

While UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already announced Rs 20 lakh compensation for the bereaved family, BJP leaders demanded an amount of Rs 50 lakh.

The party and its leaders, however, are being slammed on social media after being caught smiling at the gathering to mourn the youth’s death.

“Their smiles reflect the bumper votes that they are anticipating during the next election. One can see the glint of red beacons in their eyes. One can see such a shameless satisfaction on their faces which even vultures don’t demonstrate after feeding on a carcass,” wrote Nitin Thakur while sharing the clipping on his Facebook wall.

A twitter user @drpandey commented: “A vulture becomes invariably happy irrespective of the dead body.”

Referring to a 2014 study by Yale University which found that BJP gained in polls after every communal riot, other Twitter users are blasting the party. “Kasganj communal riot is BJP’s weapon to polarise Hindu Votes Before 2019,” wrote Hindutva Watch.

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Published: 29 Jan 2018, 3:37 PM
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