No bal­lot

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The BJP gave Lok Sabha tick­ets to two lead­ers who faced charges linked to the ri­ots that broke out be­tween Jats and Mus­lims in Muzaf­far­na­gar and Shamli seven months ago. Over 60 people were killed in the ri­ots. BJP can­di­dates Hukum Singh and San­jeev Baliyan were part of a ma­ha­pan­chayat that was held de­spite pro­hibitory or­ders.

The Mus­lims of Muzaf­far­na­gar are staunchly against the move and they see it as the BJP’s po­lit­i­cal move to gain from the ri­ots. “That party has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing com­mu­nal vi­o­lence for po­lit­i­cal gain. Their lead­ers fanned ten­sions be­tween the com­mu­ni­ties in a place where we had al­ways lived in peace. We will refuse to vote and will not cast a bal­lot for the BJP,” said Mo­ham­mad Ashraf, who lives in a camp set up for the people af­fected by the ri­ots.

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