Updated January 03, 2019 | 11:02 IST | Frank Huzur
Review of 2019..
The year 2019 is passing by. For the country it would be a year most countrymen would wish to forget but never forgive the social and political creators of several catastrophic moments. With the Modi-Shah push for Hindutva Nazi state, socialist and secular Indians have started to fight back the venom of the BJP-RSS. Resistance is the duty now. People power comes to a breaking point in 2020.
Be it CAA or EVM controversy, Article 370 or Asam uprising, there are many pockets of country on fire, both in heart and hearth of people.
The year when crime (caste and communal) ruled the roost in Uttar Pradesh. BJP stands discredited, BSP on its knees while Samajwadi Party emerged a stronger party and the undisputed challenger to the failed BJP.
For Hindi heartland, 2019 could be one of the bloodiest years in the annals of Uttar Pradesh where law and order situation reached the lowest scale.
The year is ending on a sordid note, with questions being raised on the funny claims of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that the law and situation in the state have improved.
Nothing could be more further from the truth. Adityanath has penchant for displaying Impostor’s Syndrome. There already is a huge pile of #ModiLies. Saffron monk is lying through the nose.
The large scale police violence against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) proved that this Government has failed on the front of maintaining law and order.
In four days, starting from December 19 people were killed. Thousands of Innocents were arrested and alleged rioters sent to jail.
The cries and plea of mothers, wives, fathers, and children were trampled under the police jackboot on the pretext of maintaining law and order.
Violence was witnessed in several parts of the state, including Lucknow, in which 19 lives were lost and over 200 people were injured. Properties worth crores of rupees were damaged during the protest.
This year the state also witnessed some gruesome crime and corruption cases. Targeted political murders of over fifty Samajwadi Party workers across UP besides horrors of fake encounter (Akhilesh aptly termed it Thoko-Niti of Adityanath that brought hashtag #HatyaPradesh to define the dismal BJP governance), mob lynching with murder cry of #JaiShriRam, farmers suicide, brainwashing of jobless youths and violence against vulnerables jarred the basic tenets of Constitution in country’s largest province.
The killing of 10 Dalits and Scheduled Tribes in Umbha village of Sonebhadra district over the land dispute was a prominent political issue. Nightmarish nexus between land mafia and BJP govt’s shenanigans was on show in Sonbhadra. Former CM Akhilesh called the massacre of Adivasis a symbol of BJP’s tyranny in UP.
Both Samajwadi Party and the Congress gave nervous moments to the anti-poor BJP govt by organising a series of pitched road battles from Sonbhadra to Lucknow.
The BJP government was forced to order a high-level probe and later scrapped the land deal.
The year was terrible for the womenfolk. We witnessed an increase in crime against women, particularly of rape, raising a big question over BJP’s much-hyped the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign. The slogan turned out to be a sham.
The prominent one was of Unnao, where the ruling BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Senger was charged with raping a girl.
Though by the end of the year, a special court in New Delhi convicted the MLA with a life term, but not before when the Legislator was also charged for killing the girl’s father and other members of the family.
Samajwadi Party national President and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav stunned everyone by staging a sit-in on the pavement outside Lok Bhavan. His promptitude for justice raised political temperature. Later, Akhilesh visited the village home of the Unnao rape victim and offered financia assistance.
Another BJP leader and former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand was also charged with rape by a college girl and is in jail in Shahjahanpur. With the help of local administration, the Swami charged the girl and her friends of blackmailing him, which led to the imprisonment of the victim girl too.
Samajwadi Party Women’s Wing representative visited the jailed victim in Sahjahanpur to express solidarity with her.
In another case a girl in Unnao was burnt alive after she was gang-raped by five youths. Similar incidents of gangrape were also reported from Sambhal, Etah, Kanpur Dehat, and Lucknow.
On the corruption front, the UP government had to face the Opposition’s wrath over scam in the PF investment of the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), where the employee’s fund was invested in the private DHFL.
Later, a couple of former and present officials of UPPCL were arrested and even the Enforcement Directorate (ED) investigated in the matter.
The state BJP government also demonstrated politics of vendetta and envy as it recommended CBI probes in several milestone projects undertaken by the previous government, including the Gomti River Front and the construction of Memorial during the popular Akhilesh and Mayawati reign.
Another hotly watched episode was of socialist stalwart Azam Khan who was targeted by the BJP in an extremely high-handed way of punishing an opposition Muslim face. Adityanath govt slapped a slew of over six dozens fake cases on fictitious grounds to savage the Samajwadi Party. However, people of Rampur understood the villainous act of BJP in destroying an excellent centre of learning, Mohammad Ali Jauhar University Azam Khan built for nurturing future generation. In Rampur by-poll, BJP was defeated in a humiliating fashion.