In a press conference, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra criticised the UP government, and said that the state administration was responsible for law and order. “Why was the government missing?,” he asked.The BJP claimed that an intelligence failure led to the clashes between the police and the protesters. “A mini war-zone was created at the spot over the course of about two years… How could the police reach the spot without adequate preparation?,” Patra said.
Reiterating the BJP’s ‘jungle raj’ jibe, Patra asked, “If the police are not safe, how can the people of the state be safe?”
BJP also defended Mathura MP Hema Malini, saying that she would soon reach Mathura. The party also questioned why chief minister Akhilesh Yadav did not reach the scene of the violence. Hema Malini had come under fire when she posted a series of tweets about her latest film release shortly after the clashes took place in her constituency.
The violence erupted during an operation to evict members of a religious group ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’ from government land.
Police had to resort to teargas to deal with the violent agitators in the Jawahar Bagh area.