Two accused Zakir and Shafiq have been arrested in the murder case of BJP leader Praveen Nettaru in South Karnataka. But Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who is facing criticism from his supporters amid the communal tension created by this murder, surprised everyone by saying that if needed, action will be taken on the lines of ‘Yogi model’ in this case.
It is believed that Bommai has given a statement of ‘Yogi model’ to reduce the anger of the Hindu vote bank and strengthen his feet.
Since 2014, the BJP has fought every election in the country around Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2017 UP election was also fought on the face of Modi and after getting the victory, Yogi Adityanath was given the responsibility of the post of CM.
On the basis of the performance of the last five years, BJP changed the strategy in Uttar Pradesh and contested the 2022 assembly elections on the face of Yogi Adityanath and also registered a big victory.
CM who won historic victory
This year, after 37 years in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, it happened when a party came to power again after running the government for five years in UP.
Out of 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, BJP got 255 seats on its own.
Experts gave different reactions about the victory. The ‘double engine’ government was projected as a combination of the welfare schemes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government at the Center and Yogi Adityanath’s sound law and order in UP.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has come under criticism for his quick actions, including the ‘bulldozer’ action on the houses of the accused, but some supporters are also supportive of his strict style of running the government.
According to the Indian Express news Basavaraj Bommai said, “Yogi is the best Chief Minister according to the situation in Uttar Pradesh. There are different methods to deal with the situation in Karnataka and all these are being used. Yogi model if need be.” That government will also come in Karnataka.”
But the question here is what is the ‘Yogi model’?
BJP ruled states like ‘bulldozer’ action?
Senior journalist and political affairs expert Neerja Choudhary says that if someone talks about the CM Yogi model, then he is referring to the ‘politics of bulldozers’.
In his first term, Yogi Adityanath got bulldozers fired at the homes of rioters and criminals, which was heavily criticized.
Akhilesh Yadav, while taunting Yogi in a meeting during the election campaign, called him ‘Bulldozer Baba’. However, after this ‘bulldozer’ became an important part of BJP’s campaign. Even slogans like ‘UP ki compulsion hai, bulldozer zaroori hai’ and ‘Baba ka bulldozer’ were echoed.
During the previous tenure of CM Yogi, a bulldozer was also run at the house of Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen in Kanpur.
Recently, after the controversial remarks made by former BJP leader Nupur Sharma on Prophet Mohammad, the house of Javed Pump, the alleged mastermind of the violence that broke out in Prayagraj, UP, was bulldozed. The pump house was said to be illegal construction by the administration.
In the eyes of experts, bulldozer action is not just a process of punishing criminals and accused. Behind this, efforts are being made to send a strong message across the state and now across the country. Yogi is being branded as an administrator who takes immediate action against crimes.
Following the Yogi government’s quick action formula, recently the Shivraj government of Madhya Pradesh and the Himanta Biswa Sarma government of Assam have also taken ‘bulldozer’ action on the accused.
Questioning the way Yogi Sarkar is working, Neerja Choudhary says, “You demolish a house made from someone’s life’s earnings without giving any notice, if this is done by the government, then it is very new for our country. The thing is. People nowadays don’t care whether the action is being taken by following the complete legal process or not. In short words, Yogi model is to take strict action against the accused without following the due process of law.”
Why Yogi is becoming an example for BJP states
What is it that is setting an example for the rest of the BJP states, despite the Yogi government’s criticism for swift action against the accused, ignoring the legal process. Especially in a state like Karnataka which is ahead of Uttar Pradesh on many basic levels like education, healthcare.
Senior journalist Sunita Aron, who has closely watched UP politics for decades, says, “When it comes to the Yogi model, it means zero tolerance to violence. Be it the protests over the CAA, it happened after the Friday prayers. Be it violence, zero tolerance was kept in all these cases. Not only FIR or arrest, but also the photographs of the accused were made public, especially those who caused damage to government property. This has a great impact on the social consciousness. I don’t want to be seen with people.”
Describing better law and order as the Yogi model, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi says, “In the previous governments of UP, criminal gangs used to run a network parallel to the power. This is the reason why the law and order issue in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections was the neck bone.” During Mulayam Singh’s rule, Amitabh Bachchan had to be told that ‘UP has power because crime is less here.’ But the people rejected it. In the last five years, we have taken concrete action against the mafia and rioters, which has not happened in the last 15 years.”
Rakesh Tripathi says that the intention of our government is clear that no one can be allowed to take law in their hands in Uttar Pradesh, regardless of religion or religion.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath himself had ordered that the loudspeaker of any religious place should not go out of the premises. Under this campaign, the UP government had successfully claimed to have removed 54000 loudspeakers in a week.
Sunita Aaron praises the Yogi government’s management for not protesting despite the removal of loudspeakers from religious places.
He said, “The Yogi government first removed the loudspeaker from the temple in Mathura. After this, there was moral pressure on the Muslims to remove the loudspeaker. Similarly, instead of the road, the matter of Friday prayers only inside the mosque was also handled calmly. Be a Hindu. Or Muslims have all been told that the law has to be obeyed.”
Crime in UP reduced under Yogi rule?
Counting the achievements of his government before the elections this year, Yogi Adityanath himself had said that criminals are leaving the state after 2017 and not the public.
However, according to the report of the National Crime Records Bureau, the crime in Uttar Pradesh increased by 28% in 2020 as compared to the year 2019. Apart from this, the highest number of murder and kidnapping cases were also registered in Uttar Pradesh itself. But through the figures of 2020, the government also claimed that crimes against women have decreased in the state.
A Times of India report says that a total of 484 accused were sent to jail in four years as part of the Yogi government’s campaign against land mafia. Apart from this, action has been taken against 399 people who forcibly grabbed property under the Goondas Act.
Senior journalist Neerja Choudhary says, “Be it the Vikas Dubey encounter or the bulldozer action, the government has been successful in giving the message that they have ‘tightened’ the law and order. How the government is bringing the results, people have no idea about it at this time. Doesn’t make sense. Which could be a dangerous situation.”