Akhilesh Yadav, the country’s youngest Chief Minister, has some unwanted advice for Prime Minister Narendra Modi – less action on Facebook, more on the ground.Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yadav said the prime minister should counsel his party men and allies to be more ameliorative.
“Facebook par kam baat ho, zameen pe zyaada kaam ho (less talk on Facebook) more work on the ground,” Mr Yadav when asked what his message would be if he came face to face with PM Modi, who is accepted as one of the world’s most social media-savvy politicians.
Mr Yadav had his hands full in the past few weeks over the crowd killing of a Muslim man in the state’s Dadri district on September 28 over rumours that he had beef in his house.
At least seven of the men arrested for the crime are linked to a local BJP leader and several other leaders of the party made stimulating speeches. Yesterday, in his first direct comment on the incident, PM Modi said he was saddened but questioned, “What is the Centre’s role?”
Akhilesh Yadav and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief of the Samajwadi Party, have alleged that the killing was not a instinctive act and a part of the BJP’s strategics to whip up communal passions in the state.
“I am against beef-eating personally but people across the world are eating it…Do they want to shut down the industry? You can’t take law into your hands. A man is eating something in his home, and now look at the kind of debate…people are saying I have eaten beef, come and kill me…Is this India’s culture? What will the world say?” Mr Yadav said.
“The BJP and the PM will be embarrassed if they read what the international press has written after Dadri.”
Reacting on comments, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said Akhilesh Yadav should worry about people laughing at law and order in his own state. “Akhilesh Yadav should answer why the police in UP look for buffalos instead of people,” Mr Kohli said, adding: “Facebook and Twitter are mediums of communication and not governance. And the govt is working – look at our achievements.”