Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Sep 12: In what could trigger a fresh round of tension in the communally sensitive region of Muzzafarnagar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from the constituency Kapil Dev Aggarwal was shot by goons. The legislator was rushed to hospital after being fired upon by the criminals. As of now, much details have not been revealed about his condition. As per a report, chilli powder was also thrown at him before being fired upon. The news was first reported by the local press on Monday morning. The reason behind the firing is yet to be ascertained. Police has launched a massive manhunt operation to nab down the assailants. More details in the case are awaited.
Kapil Dev Aggarwal is one of the accused in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots. Several Muslim groups had accused him of instigating the Hindu rioters and flaring up communal tensions in the region. He was most recently involved in a controversy after an India Today undercover journalist alleged that Aggarwal was ready to tacitly ally with him to create communal tensions in the region. Despite being embroiled in controversies, Aggarwal has comfortably won the by-elections from the seat in February.
The near-fatal attack against the BJP MLA ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state could be used by the saffron party for political mileage. The impact of the attack could lead to further communal polarization in the region of Muzaffarabad. In the wake of 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the immense communalization of the state due to the then recent Muzaffarnagar riots, had consolidated the majoritarian section of electorate, some pollsters claim. (ALSO READ: Repeat of Dadri? Mob attacks Muslim family house on suspicion of ‘cow slaughter’ in Muzaffarnagar)
Aggarwal, along with Sanjeev Balyan and Hukum Dev Singh, is the most important face of BJP from Muzaffarnagar. The party is expected to give him ticket again from the constituency. Considering the fact that he swept the seat in the by-elections in February, pollsters are firm that Aggarwal would repeat the mandate in the upcoming polls.
In the district of Muzaffarnagar, four assembly seats would be in fray. However, the impact of the political activities in Muzaffarnagar will shape the electoral atmosphere in the entire state. In the words of one of BJP’s right-leaning leaders Umesh Malik, “The tremblings in Muzaffarnagar took Narendra Modi to power in Delhi.”
The Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted at the onset of next year. As per the latest surveys, the electoral fight will be fought between the ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been positioned third in the race. However, a section of political commentators have denied writing off Mayawati, calling her the centrifugal point in the coming elections. Congress, which has roped in the services of star poll strategist Prashant Kishor, has so far failed to sent shockwaves in the political circles of the nation. Although the rallies of Rahul Gandhi have attracted a significant crowd, pollsters are wary that it would get converted into votes.