Not going back to bulldozers for troublemakers, says UP Dy CM

Uttar Pradesh, deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak, warned Friday that there is no place in the state for those who hinder development work and that bulldozers will continue to be used against troublemakers.

Speaking to reporters after addressing the BJP’s ‘Garib Kalyan Sammelan’ here, Pathak said the rule of law prevails in the state and any kind of disturbance, unrest and activities of anti-social elements will not be tolerated.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s comments came in response to the demolition of properties belonging to those allegedly involved in the June 10 violence in Prayagraj and Saharanpur districts. The actions of the state government have drawn criticism from various quarters.

“There is no place in the state for those who create obstacles in development work and bulldozers will continue to be used against troublemakers. Chief Minister Yogi (Adityanath) is very strict on law and order,” said Pathak.

Prayagraj’s development authority on Sunday bulldozed the home of Javed Ahmad, who was alleged to have been implicated in the June 10 violence sparked by controversial remarks by now-suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma about the prophet Mohammed.

On Saturday, the alleged illegal properties of two people accused of rioting were bulldozed in Saharanpur, where stones were pelted on June 10.

On June 10 there were also protests in Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur and Lucknow.

Uttar Pradesh Police have arrested 333 people from eight districts of the state in connection with the violence and have registered 13 FIRs, officials say.

Earlier, in a speech to the ‘Garib Kalyan Sammelan’, Pathak said that although the Samajwadi party has improved its score in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, it has no future.

He previously said there was terror for SP crooks in the state and their job was to seize vacant lots and houses. So the people rejected the SP in the elections.

Both the SP and the Bahujan Samaj party will be phased out in the state, he claimed.

Pathak targeted the Center’s former governments, saying they only removed the poor, not the poverty.

He said the previous governments had only committed to benefit one family and the people of their families while Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government takes care of all the poor.

With inputs from NDTV

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