At the time President Donald Trump’s immigration ban was condemned worldwide, BJP lawmaker Yogi Adityanath has praised the ban. He also said similar action should be taken in India to counter terrorism.
During campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh polls which will be held on February 7, he warned of a Kashmir-like situation in Uttar Pradesh when Kashmiri Pandits were terrorised and forced to leave the valley if proper action was not taken to stop “Hindu Exodus”.
Addressing a crowd in Ghaziabad he said, “I find western UP totally unsafe. We do not face a threat in eastern UP because there we use the language that people understand and set them straight.”
He mentioned 1990s mass exodus in Kashmir. “On January 19, 1990, Hindus had to migrate in large numbers from Kashmir. A massacre took place, the honour of mothers and sisters were openly tramped upon… We have something similar to it. It was either in Bengal or western UP. Kairana and Kandhla are examples.”
He alleged the situation was especially depressing in Baghpat, Meerut, Muzzafarnagar and Ghaziabad.
He accused the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of allowing it to happen and of failing to protect the Hindu interest. “BJP is committed not to let this happen anymore. We have lost Kashmir Valley, but we cannot let western Uttar Pradesh to become second Kashmir.”
Another BJP lawmaker Hukum Singh last year claimed that during 2013 riots in Kairana hundreds of Hindu families had fled from Kairana due to criminal extortion.
Both the Samajwadi Party and the BSP denied the claim. They called it an attempt to polarise the region for votes.
Kairana is a town in Shamli district, about 50 km from Muzaffarnagar. In September 2013, during riots, more than 60 were killed and thousands displaced, months before the national election.