Kairana (Shamli): Taking a U-turn, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hukum Singh today said the “migration” of Hindus from Kairana in western Uttar Pradesh was “not communal” in nature but had more to do with the law and order situation.
“It is not about communal incidents… It is not about Hindus or Muslims,” the Kairana MP told reporters here on Saturday, adding it has more to do with the law and order situation.
He had earlier said that from the names of the accused, “one can grasp who are these people”, hinting at involvement of members of the Muslim community.
The MP had earlier released a list of 346 families who had allegedly been forced to flee the town, which has 85 percent Muslim population. Kairana is in Shamli district which witnessed communal riots in 2013.
Top BJP leaders raked up the issue of alleged migration of Hindus from Kairana to attack the Samajwadi Party government in the state during the Assembly election’s campaign trail.
BJP’s rebel Anil Chauhan, who joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) to fight election from Kairana constituency, had earlier alleged Singh raked up the exodus issue only to prepare grounds for his daughter’s entry into politics. His Mriganka is contesting the polls on a BJP ticket.
(With PTI inputs)