How can we skip Uttar Pradesh if we are talking about the political situation in India? Whether it’s the construction of Ram Temple or encounter of a gangster or political slugfest, the state always manages to get media attention. To talk about these and other issues journalist Anurag Sason has an in-depth conversation with Samajwadi Party leader and a youth icon Mr Ujjwal Raman Singh.
Here are important excerpts from the exclusive interview: (Scroll down to watch the complete interview in Hindi) पूरा इंटरव्यू नीचे देखे, हिंदी में।
Q1) Today is the groundbreaking ceremony of Ram Temple. Your comments on the event.
Ujjwal Raman Singh: It’s a good beginning. Everyone has welcomed it. However, it would have been better if the Modi government had used this event as a symbol of national unity. The Centre has used the event as its personal achievement and has related it to vote bank politics.
Q2) Right now what is more important-construction of Ram Temple, fight against COVID19, generating employment opportunities for youths or strengthening the economy?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: Every issue is important. and I believe that the Modi government is failing on every front.
Q3) Your reaction on the entire Vikas Dubey episode.
Ujjwal Raman Singh: Whatever Vikas Dubey did was wrong but the way state government responded is also equally unjustified. He should have got the punishment as per the rule of law.
Q4) Journalist Vikram Joshi shot in the head for protesting harassment of niece. Do you think law and order have improved in Uttar Pradesh?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: It was a very saddening incident. Uttar Pradesh government is failing to control law and order in the state.
Q5) Why is UP always notorious for criminal activities… what’s the reason behind it?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: See Uttar Pradesh has a very large population and the youths are unemployed. This is one of the main reasons for criminal activities in the state. The state government passes many schemes on the paper but fails to implement them on the ground.
Q6) COVID-19 will disappear if Muslims allowed to offer namaz in mosques, said MP Shafiqur Rahman. How do you see this statement?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: This could be his personal view but yes it is correct that when we pray we get mental strength.
Q7) There is a new trend in Indian politics. Congress Party comes in power in a state but after a few months something happens and it loses its majority giving way to BJP. Is this good for democracy?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: I believe that removing a people-elected government by unfair means is an unwelcoming step.
Q8) What are the plans of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh in the future?
Ujjwal Raman Singh: Samajwadi Party has originated out of struggle and we are ready to struggle for good social cause whenever needed. For us, politics is not important but social change with the help of politics is the real aim.
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