CRACK IN THE CITAD
Anger against Akhilesh Yadav rises in the wake of communal riots
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