Spin a Tight Spot

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The in­com­pe­tence of the Akhilesh gov­ern­ment in Uttar Pradesh in ef­fec­tively han­dling the ri­ots in Muzaf­far­na­gar has even­tu­ally alien­ated the Sa­ma­jwadi Party from both Jat and Mus­lim vot­ers (“The Riot within SP”, Oc­to­ber 7). There has been a sig­nif­i­cant rise in dis­con­tent among peo­ple of both the com­mu­ni­ties in the af­ter­math of the ri­ots, which per­cep­tively will have an omi­nous re­pur­cus­sion on the rul­ing es­tab­lish­ment. The mag­ni­tude of the in­dig­na­tion of the Mus­lim com­mu­nity against SP was re­flected when PWD Min­is­ter Shiv­pal Ya­dav and the Chief Min­is­ter vis­ited the riot- hit area. While Shiv­pal Ya­dav was shown black flags and pre­vented from speak­ing, Akhilesh had to face an an­gry mob. It seems that SP will have to pay dearly for the ri­ots.

KE­SHAV PATHAK, Nagchala Mandi, Hi­machal Pradesh The Muzaf­far­na­gar ri­ots have cre­ated strong dif­fer­ences within the Sa­ma­jwadi Party. With the Mus­lim com­mu­nity rightly feel­ing be­trayed, the party fears that it will lose their vote bank in the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tions. This has cre­ated a rift in the party with two MLAs re­sign­ing. Se­nior lead­ers also fear that the Op­po­si­tion par­ties such as Congress and Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party may cash in on the sit­u­a­tion to woo the Mus­lim vot­ers. What has made the sit­u­a­tion worse for SP is the fact that not only Mus­lims but even Jats too are peeved with the party. It might lose out on their sup­port as well.

R. D. DESH­PANDE , Ban­ga­lore

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