Samajwadi scion Akhilesh Yadav, who successfully managed to erase the party’s goodna raj image, got his first taste of the challenges ahead of when his party’s wild celebrations led to the accidental death of a seven-year-old child.
The death was reported during a victory celebration of Samajwadi leader Iqbal Mehmood in Sambhal when his supporters reportedly fired gunshots. Mehmood won the assembly elections by defeating Rajesh Singhal of the Bharatiya Janata Party by 30,047 votes.
Firing guns to celebrate a great victory may be the norm in many places, but the idea of politicians or their supporters running around with loaded weapons, much less actually firing them, is never a good sign.
It is bound to raise fears of the return of goonda raj in the UP. Given that SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said that law and order would be the main priority of the new government, he will have to begin the clean-up from within.
And to compound this fact even further, there were reports of SP workers attacking the media in Jhansi. ANI and NDTV reported that they had cameras smashed by SP workers. Journalists are reportedly now stranded in Bundelkhand Degree (BKD) College, Jhansi, with Armed SP workers outside. Police personnel at the scene have also been attacked.