Vikram Joshi, a Ghaziabad-based journalist, was shot dead by goons because he had earlier objected to eve-teasing of his niece by them and also had a tiff with the local satta (gambling) mafia. Rajendra Mishra, father of a serving Army officer, was bludgeoned to death and his pregnant daughter-in-law was also beaten over a land dispute in Amethi. A mother-daughter duo, also from Amethi, attempted self-immolation right in front of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office Lok Bhawan.
That these were the day-to-day headlines over the past week speaks volumes about the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh under Yogi Adityanath, an alien insider in the Sangh Parivar, who was pitchforked into chief ministership by the RSS.
In fact, when the BJP swept the 2017 March Assembly polls in UP winning 325 out of 403 seats, no chief ministerial candidate had been projected. Although Yogi was in the race, he was not the frontrunner. He always had a troubled relationship with the Jan Sangh-BJP as he and his guru Mahant Avaidyanath hailed from the Hindu Mahasabha stock and came into the BJP fold only after LK Advani’s Ayodhya Rath Yatra.
Even after joining the BJP and winning the Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat, he maintained his own saffron vigilante storm-trooper outfit Hindu Yuva Vahini as his power base and carefully cultivated the image of a toughie in politics.
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