Elections in Uttar Pradesh have all the time been about symbols like Cycle, Elephant and the Lotus. Come 2022, a brand new image will enter the political lexicon of UP — the mighty Bulldozer.
Samajwadi Get together supremo Akhilesh Yadav in his ongoing marketing campaign has mentioned that folks will say goodbye to “BJP’s bulldozer”, together with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, within the upcoming elections. He not too long ago additionally dared the CM to alter the BJP’s election image to a bulldozer.
Yadav’s assault refers back to the BJP’s drive in opposition to unauthorised building throughout Uttar Pradesh. The BJP takes pleasure in it, saying it has acted in opposition to “illegal properties” constructed or occupied by the likes of Mukhtar Ansari and Ateeq Ahmed. The bulldozer options within the BJP’s marketing campaign songs as effectively.
“Then why are they not using the bulldozer to demolish the house of Union minister Ajay Mishra Teni and his son? Or bulldoze the house of the policemen who killed an innocent man in Gorakhpur?” asks SP spokesperson Udayveer Singh, referring to the Lakhimpur Kheri violence and the loss of life of a businessman throughout a police search in Yogi Adityanath’s erstwhile Lok Sabha constituency.
BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi says Yogi Adityanath’s bulldozer is the speak of the city. “Akhilesh Yadav is pained as those criminals and gangsters built their palaces during his reign. Now he is helplessly seeing them being demolished,” Tripathi says.
The BJP authorities in UP says it has acted in opposition to properties value Rs 742 crore belonging to 33 high mafias of the state, by both bulldozing them to destruction or seizing them. CM Yogi Adityanath has mentioned that homes for the poor shall be constructed on the freed-up land beneath the PM Awas Yojana.
SP’s Udayveer Singh claims that homes of the poor, too, have been bulldozed. “They even demolished houses of people in Ayodhya while taking over land for the temple complex. Why not pay people compensation rather for a pious cause?” he asks.
“Everything (demolitions across the state) have happened as per the law. The motto is clear — no one can occupy the property of the poor by force. We are prepared to fight this election on this cause. People are with us,” Tripathi counters.
Singh in flip questions why the BJP has not acted in opposition to the properties of the likes of former MP Dhananjay Singh who has been declared absconding by the court docket. “Is it because he is from the same caste as the CM? The BJP has made the bulldozer a Hindu-Muslim issue by targeting distant relatives of Mukhtar Ansari and Ateeq Ahmed, and SP leader Azam Khan,” he says.
Curiously, the machine being described as a bulldozer in widespread parlance in UP is definitely a JCB Excavator, which went massively viral in 2019 when Indians began sharing memes, photographs and movies of random crowds gathering to look at the mighty machines go about their ordinary work.
However within the warmth of the most important state elections, it’s the ‘bulldozer’ that’s on rampage.