To this day, Lalu Prasad Yadav boasts about how he stopped L K Advani during his rath yatra in 1990. On 23 September 1990, Yadav arrested L K Advani at Samastipur, Bihar during later’s rath yatra to Ayodhya; and emphatically told the media that he will not allow fundamentalists like Advani to enter Bihar.
But, how will one react, if a leader of a party boasts of gagging orders against a leader of his own party?
Yesterday, BJP Leader Sushil Kumar Modi told the media that he will not allow Yogi Aditya Nath and Sakshi Maharaj like leaders make Uttar Pradesh by-polls like statements in Bihar. He cleared that his party doesn’t believe in issues such as Love Jihad, and hence will not allow such issues in Bihar.
Unlike Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sushil modi can hardly gain any admiration for such gagging plans. If he really intended to distance himself (him alone) from such issues, then he must have cleared that to his party in private. After All, The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
Right now, it appears that the setback for BJP’s Hindutva experiment (Love Jihad, attempts at communal division) in Uttar pradesh By-polls, has compelled the party to distance itself from that poll plank. The party is convinced that if the people rejected its communal plank in Uttar Pradesh; then it will never succeed in Bihar, a state known from ages for its secular credentials and politically intelligent people.
It’s surprising, how easily BJP can dissociate itself from Yogi Aditya Nath , when it’s the party which appointed him as the star campaigner for the UP By-polls. After all Yogi didn’t campaign in UP Bypolls on his own. Afterall Yogi didn’t stand in Parliament on his own, to speak on Communal Violence. He was appointed by his party to do so. As a matter of fact, he was placed in UP without any leash. The BJP leadership kept mum, until the results of By-polls got declared. The results showed them — Yogi Aditya Nath proved to be a wrong horse to bet on. And Yogi is barred from Bihar.