The flogging of Dalits in Gujarat’s Una taluka couldn’t have become a “national issue” if Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh was not approaching, according to new Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani. He says that Una flogging incident was raised by Opposition parties only because BJP has grown stronger than them in UP and can even form a government in the state. “Uttar Pradesh is facing an election, 10 months before ours, in February 2017. It has a Dalit votebank and Mayawati rules over it. They have raised the Gujarat issue (Una flogging incident) only because Modi’s charisma has brought about a situation today where the BJP can even form a government there (in UP),” Rupani told the Indian Express.
Rupani claims that half of Bahujan Samaj Party cadre has joined BJP in UP. That is why the party’s leaders came to Gujarat to defame PM Modi, BJP and Gujarat. Rupani said Gujarat government did everything to punish the culprits after the incident including registration of FIR, arrests of culprits and suspension of four police personnel. According to Rupani, Una incident was not an issue between two communities. There were “different” people involved in terrorising others and all of them have been arrested.
A group of “gau rakshaks” had flogged seven members of a Dalit family in Una of Gir Somnath district on July 11 after accusing them of killing a cow. Not only this, the perpetrators also shot a video of the incident which became viral. Gujarat CID has arrested 33 people in connection with the incident.