Sanjay Singh Interview: ‘We fought Delhi, Punjab with help of donations, will also fight UP’

Sanjay Singh Interview: ‘We fought Delhi, Punjab with help of donations, will also fight UP’

Written by Sourav Roy Barman
| New Delhi |

Up to date: August 20, 2020 3:20:22 am

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh. (File)

AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, who has spent the previous few weeks making an attempt to make inroads into Uttar Pradesh for his social gathering, on dealing with FIRs within the state and why his focus seems to be on caste as a substitute of ‘kaam’.

What was the in depth tour of UP all about?

I visited varied districts. First, I met households of the eight policemen killed in the course of the raid on Vikas Dubey; households of all these murdered, together with journalist Vikram Joshi, dealer Brijesh Pal, the Lakhimpuri Kheri minor, the Jaunpur Dalit rape sufferer’s household, the Nishad household in Kanpur, Sudeeksha Bhati’s household in Bulandshahr, amongst others. I attempted to gauge the temper of the folks and located discontent and anger, particularly over crime and the Covid scenario. CM Yogi (Adityanath) is sitting on a volcano, ready for it to blow up.

You’re suggesting {that a} authorities that rose to energy flattening conventional caste equations, with an amazing majority, has turned so unpopular inside three years?


Whoever raised questions prior to now confronted oppression. The federal government of UP hates being questioned. They’ve lodged 9 FIRs towards me. I’m not the primary sufferer. A journalist at Mirzapur reporting on mid-day meals additionally confronted an FIR. A journalist reporting on the sand mafia in Unnao was killed. And the newest sufferer was Vikram Joshi. UP mein aaj opposition naam ki koi cheez bachi nahi hai… Solely SP and BSP can touch upon why they don’t seem to be questioning the federal government; what can I say? Folks in UP imagine the federal government belongs to at least one neighborhood. Is that this Ram Rajya?

However are the FIRs not serving to you achieve the limelight?

He’s making an attempt to show me right into a history sheeter. Day after, NSA could be levelled towards me, or one thing worse might occur to me. I’m not fearful. I’ve raised my issues with the Vice-President of India, who’s the chairman of Rajya Sabha of which I’m a member. I’ve taken oath within the identify of the Structure and that bars governments from working for one explicit caste or neighborhood.

You’re saying you are feeling unsafe in UP?

Sure, 100 per cent… My solely fault is that I’m in search of justice for all 24 crore folks, be it Brahmins, Mauryas, Rajbhars, Nishads, Buddies, Gujjars, Jaats, Yadavs, Khatiks, Kurmis, Lodhs, everybody. I face FIRs. However why are leaders like Sakshi Maharaj, Giriraj Singh, Pragya Thakur not acted towards?

What’s the foundation of your allegation that the UP authorities works just for the Thakur neighborhood?

I’ve figures to show that. What number of thanedars, DMs, SPs and senior officers come from different communities? This, regardless of a 2002 order on the necessity to preserve steadiness in recruitment. The Brahmins and different communities have clearly been focused.

In Delhi, AAP talks about politics of labor, whereas in UP the emphasis is on caste?

However the place am I not speaking about politics of labor? I’m merely saying that the federal government ought to work for each neighborhood. I’m saying you need to work for the Thakurs, please do, however preserve the curiosity of all 24 crore folks of the state in thoughts as nicely.

The AAP chief hasn’t touched on this challenge.

Does PM Modi touch upon the actions of all BJP items? In our case, Jarnail Singh has been made in-charge of Punjab, so he’ll communicate on Punjab. I’m answerable for UP, so I’ll communicate on UP. If one thing actually main occurs, then the CM may also communicate.

Can a celebration like AAP actually compete with the BJP in such a big state?

We received Delhi combating polls with the assist of donations. We introduced 22 seats in Punjab by donation-led campaigns. We may also struggle UP. Proper now, the main target is on the ‘oxi mitras’ marketing campaign by which we’re reaching out to folks of UP.

Congress can also be making a push in Uttar Pradesh, with Priyanka Gandhi main the way in which.

See, we’re not dealing with any menace from any social gathering. We’re specializing in organisation constructing and questioning the federal government. Folks will determine base hai ya nahi hai (whether or not or not our social gathering has a base).


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