Anger against Akhilesh Ya­dav rises in the wake of com­mu­nal ri­ots

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still miss­ing,” he said, at a party meet­ing on Au­gust 1. Un­der his son, gov­er­nance has gone into a tail­spin. The worst as­pect of the en­su­ing chaos is the dreaded re­turn of com­mu­nal ri­ots.

Mus­lims of Ut­tar Pradesh, who re­turned the Ya­davs to power, are deeply dis­il­lu­sioned. This is the fastest re­jec­tion rate ever in this state’s elec­toral his­tory. In June and July, there were as many as five ri­ots in the state. While four per­sons each were killed in Kosi Kalan near Mathura, and Bareilly, com­mu­nal vi­o­lence also took place at Prat­ap­garh, Faiz­abad and Si­ta­pur, spark­ing fears of a res­ur­rec­tion of the dark days of the early 1990s, when the de­mo­li­tion of the Babri Masjid in De­cem­ber 1992 trig­gered a sharp reli­gious and so­cial di­vide.

The Kosi Kalan vi­o­lence took place on a Fri­day, when a Hindu Jat youth used wa­ter meant for pre- prayer ablu­tions by Mus­lims, to wash his hands. As such in­ci­dents go, this would nor­mally have led to no more than a mild al­ter­ca­tion. It ex­ploded like a fuel truck in­stead, fed by fes­ter­ing ru­mours and the sus­pi­cion that a Hindu girl had been raped. A pitched bat­tle be­tween Hin­dus

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