BJP IPS Officers: Former IPS Officers Help BJP Build ‘War on Crime’ Narrative


Two former IPS officers, who are now BJP leaders, play an important role in highlighting the difference between the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh under the rule of Yogi Adityanath and the old Party regime Samajwadi.

Asim Arun had been police commissioner in Kanpur before joining the BJP recently and his role in the party is yet to be determined, Brij Lal, a former UP DGP who was once considered close to Mayawati, joined the BJP in 2015 and is now MP for Rajya Sabha.

Arun is presented by the BJP as a “role model of youth” and a “Dalit icon”, with the party juxtaposing him to SP candidates with criminal backgrounds. Meanwhile, Lal attacked the SP over the law and order situation prevailing under his tenure and on Tuesday listed complaints against SP candidates and accused the opposition party of adopting an anti-political stance. -dalit.

Arun told ET that “impartial investigation” into every criminal act has become a hallmark of the Yogi Adityanath administration and has helped officers work without fear of clashing with ruling party leaders.

Alleging that the previous SP government was steeped in hooliganism, land mafia and gangster rule, Arun, who carried out sensitive investigations such as the investigation into the Kanpur blast and other terror networks in the state , said: “Previously, officers were always under pressure…calls would be made by vidhayaks (MPs) to police stations asking for the processes to be bypassed. Many criminals have been released under the SP regime. Now, even when deputies call the police stations, they know the law is supreme, no investigation can be derailed, which is why the administration works without fear.

SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav specifically asked the Electoral Commission to investigate Arun’s tenure and oust officers who worked with him. There was an agreement between Arun and the BJP for a smooth political entry, Yadav alleged, demanding that his work as Kanpur police commissioner also be investigated.

“By giving tickets to the gunda and the mafias, the SP has clearly signaled its intention to bring back the gundaraj,” Lal told a news conference in Lucknow on Tuesday. “The tickets given by the SP to Nahid Hasan from Kairana, Aslam Chaudhary from Dholana, Bulandshahr Haji Yunus, Rafiq Ansari from Meerut, Madan Bhaiya from Loni, Amarpal Sharma from Sahibabad, Dilnawaz Ansari from Syana – these are not only familiar names in state but also in neighboring states,” he said.

Blaming the SP, Lal said, “When they go to Vidhan Sabha, what job will they do for the public? Akhilesh Yadav will have to answer that question. I don’t think he would have that answer because he is their leader.” he added. said, adding, “Do you want to see Asim Arun on your doorstep or candidates like Hasan?”

DALIT CAUSE

Arun, an IPS officer in 1994 and former head of the state’s counter-terrorism team, is an alumnus of St Stephens College in New Delhi. He also happens to be a Jatav, a Dalit sub-caste. Lal, who was Mayawati’s most trusted officer when she was CM, is also a prominent Dalit face. He had also headed the UP SC/ST Commission.

Arun said Dalits not only have respect but also opportunities under BJP rule. “The decision of the BJP government to develop places associated with BR Ambedkar as panch teerth is the greatest tribute to him… In the past five years in UP, there has hardly been any “Incidents of desecration of precious symbols for Dalits, even Babasaheb statues. Previously, hooligans would often do this and there would be no action. This is a great thing for the community.”

Lal accused the SP of being a “Baba Sahab Vahini”, its SC wing, and called it a “joke”. He said when Azam Khan called Baba Sahab Ambedkar a “mafia” in 2014, Akhilesh Yadav was seen applauding in the audience. “Also, his father (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had received a bill in 2004 that if a Dalit wants to sell his land, he does not need permission from the DM. The DM rider was there to ensure gundas and anti social elements.don’t register dalits land in their name by cheating and it was because of then minister Kaushal Kishore who protested that’s why it was withheld otherwise they would have rendered all Dalits landless,” he said. However, the law was eventually passed by the Akhilesh Yadav government in 2015.

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