A BJP leader’s brother, a 17-year-old boy was shot by a Samajwadi Party leader in Madhan Village just when he was raising slogans of ‘Yogi Zindabad’. Viniket Singh aka Nanhe was celebrating Bharatiya Janata Party’s victory in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections by raising slogans of ‘Yogi Zindabad’ in his village when Shishupal’s wife, panchayat member Usha Singh and he were passing by. The SP leader, Shishupal Singh, shot Nanhe when he was raising the slogan, according to a report in IANS.
Nanhe became a victim of political rivalry between BJP and SP in Uttar Pradesh. BJP recently rose to power in the country’s most populous state, and named Yogi Adityanath the Chief Minister, many in UP has been celebrating and SP has been showing their resentment by indulging in felony and disruptive activities.
According to the FIR filed by BJP leader Monu Singh, Nanhe’s elder brother, Shishupal had come to shoot him and not Nanhe. Police said the shooting seems to be due to poll-related rivalry “otherwise why would someone shoot a person raising slogans of party in power”, but further investigation is underway.
Nanhe succumbed to his injuries and his body has been sent for post mortem. According to reports, some people also pelted stones at Nanhe’s residence after the incident.
Last year’s Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had expelled Shishupal Yadav and three others from the party during by elections in Jalaun because of their nondisciplinary behaviour, according to a report in Patrika.com. It said that Akhilesh Yadav expelled him after a probe launched after losing Garautha zilla panchayat elections to BJP, where he found Shishupal Yadav along with others to have rebelled against SP.
Since March 19, when Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, rivalry in the state has increased. Adityanath has also held many rallies across the state, gearing up support for the party, in many of his speeches he also criticised the SP government.