BJP Faces Opposition Within the Party in UP

Chandni Mohan
December 18, 2019 |

Uttar Pradesh: The most challenging front for BJP where their own leaders turning their back against the Citizenship Amendment Act sounds a very serious matter. While the movement spread across the nation against the new act, many party MLAs raised their voices rhyming with the rage in UP as well.

When the UP-state session was in motion on Tuesday, Nand Kishore Gurjar, a BJP MLA from Loni in Ghaziabad raised concerns against the new Citizenship Amendment Act and went against his own party when calling in support of the protest. Gurjar was supported by more than 100 MLAs. The list included about 60 of BJP alone. The remaining MLAs were from various other parties including the opposition. MLAs from Samajwadi Party, BSP, and Congress shaken hands to show condemn against CAA.

Hriday Narayan Dikshit, the speaker stopped Gurjar from speaking in the Vidhan Sabha. Gurjar who had the nerve to go against his own party and the state government wasn’t given a chance to speak of the matter. Later, Gurjar reckoned the matter as an unfortunate one.

Gurjar mentioned that it was very unfortunate not to let a member of the ruling party speak in the assembly. Among other politicians, those from SP and Congress MLAs who already were against the Act and were staging a walkout over the new law hailed support to Nand Kishore Gurjar.

The matter is being handled through discussions among the senior party leaders of BJP, including Suresh Khanna, and parliamentary affairs minister as per the statement by a BJP spokesperson. The party is trying to resolve the confusion and differences through proper discussions.

The protests outside the Assembly also spur in excess. Different districts of UP participated in showing their disagreement. Azamgarh also joined in the protests. On Monday night, the students from the Shibli College showed their despair outside the campus in support of the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University.

In spite of the prohibitory orders, the students held national flags in their hands and kept raising anti-BJP and RSS slogans to demonstrate their protest.

To curb the momentum of protests in UP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath affirmed in a video conferencing arranged among the CM with district civil and police chiefs to take firm actions when dealing with troublemakers.

In order to control the outburst and stop any probable violence, Kalanidhi Naithani, the Lucknow Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) canceled all public events till December 19. Even those that were allowed earlier until the commencement of further orders.

Also, the internet services were suspended in major five districts which had the chances of a surge of protests against CAA. The district included Saharanpur, Aligarh, Meerut, Mau, and Kasganj. This was done to keep a check on rumor-mongering.

The protests were demonstrated on a large scale in Mau on Monday. Those protesting against the new law vandalized the Dakshintola police station. The protestors even torched about 15 vehicles. In combat, the police tossed teargas shells and carried air firing to scare the mob away.

With increasing tension, BJP state headquarters in Lucknow also faced huge protests. After this, the police officials were ordered to tighten the security of party offices based out in various districts.

The condition remained serious in other districts of the State as well including Bareilly, Rampur, and Allahabad.