BJP chief Amit Shah spoke to party workers at the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur toda
He exuberated confidence that the party will surely win the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, a state that has been in news more for the string of attacks by cow vigilantes since past couple of years.
In a shocking example quoted by Shah, he pointed out the example of Dadri lynching in Uttar Pradesh in 2015 and exclaimed that the party won that time too, as per a report by NDTV.
“Whenever elections come up, they rake up the issue of Akhlaq’s killing, award wapasi (return of award)… But we won even then and we will win now as well,” he told BJP workers at a meeting in Jaipur.
52-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq was killed by a mob at his village in Dadri on suspicions of cow slaughter. This was one of the first cow lynching incidents, which caught the ire of public at large. Several protest had been undertaken then by the opposition as well as civil society, including a section of literati who returned their prestigious awards as a mark of respect for Akhlaq. Shah claimed that BJP won UP elections despite this incident.
Rajasthan has witnessed a series of similar attacks, the last of which — the killing Rakbar Khan, a young man from Haryana — took place at Alwar in July. The man was taking home cattle bought at a fair.
Before that, a 55-year-old dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, was killed by a mob in Alwar. A video of a mob raining blows on him had triggered outrage across the country.
In December last year, a man was burnt alive in Rajasamand, on accusations of love jihad – a term used by rightwing groups who accuse Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships and converting them. The accused in the case, Shambhu Lal, had shot a video of the gruesome act, keeping up a communal rant.
Following the incidents, current Rajasthan CM Raje has faced criticism from the opposition, which accused her of not taking cognizance of such serious offences. Pointing to Uttar Pradesh and drawing a parallel Mr. Shah, however, said,
“We had won then, we will win now”.
Amit Shah has been expressing similar confidence at every event off latterly, the recent one being at the party’s two-day national executive that ended yesterday,
“No one will be able to eradicate the BJP for the next 50 years,”
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had quoted Shah as saying after the meeting.