Five years in political wilderness during the Mayawati regime had nearly washed out Raghuraj Pratap Singh, or Raja Bhaiyya, whose name spells terror in Kunda, his fiefdom and political constituency. But no sooner than the Samajwadi Party returned to power in March 2012, he was back as a minister. However, controversy, to which he is no stranger, has come to dog him barely a year on. The killing of DySP Zia-ul-Haque in Raja Bhaiyya’s constituency has led to his resignation as minister, and chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has been constrained to offer to call for a CBI inquiry. This, despite Raja Bhaiyya being a blue-eyed boy of Akhilesh’s father, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Strangely, the DySP’s killing has both angered people and provoked reactionary support for Raja Bhaiyya (around Kunda, of course). When the CM airdashed to the slain officer’s home in Deoria, in eastern UP, the slogan raised was, “Raja Bhaiyya murdabad!” But during a visit to Belapur village, Pratapgarh district, where the 32-year-old officer was killed, Akhilesh was met with slogans of “Raja Bhaiyya zindabad!” and the feudal lord’s supporters called the whole affair a “political conspiracy”. The March 2 violence in which the officer was killed was sparked by the murder of Nanhe Yadav, a village pradhan who was Raja Bhaiyya’s protege, and his brother Suresh Yadav.
“I had no grudge against him,” Raja Bhaiyya told Outlook. “Besides, my name was not there in the first FIR. It was included in the second one, filed the next day. What does this mean? While the killing was unfortunate, I’m afraid the real culprits will never be brought to book, for the FIR names people who were not present in the village when the incident happened.”
Of his durbars, he says there’s nothing wrong in resolving disputes that would otherwise take years in court and cost lakhs of rupees. He says people readily accept his verdict out of “love, respect and affection”. “If there were any fear, they’d have stopped coming to me.”
As a recommendation is being completed to transfer the probe into the DySP’s killing to the CBI, the stage is set for another tussle for Raja Bhaiyya, something he is used to. In the past, he has been charged under anti-terror and anti-gangster laws, and with kidnapping and murder. He is unique in that he has gone to prison and also been prisons minister. What does he think of the controversies that always seem to surround him? “Perhaps there’s something wrong in my kundali,” he says. “No wonder I’m always in controversy.”
GOI, with all its supposed might, is nothing more than a cat in a lion's garb...It will scratch and mutilate small mice but it is beyond its powers to take on a mad dog.
The next time people refer to 'Raja Bhayya' when they don't think him to be a Raja, nor a brother, they should ask, whether they are models of good behaviour, decorum, etc., when they feel he is not. The way people control themselves in public, when it shouldn't be a priority, or even a consideration, I wonder why people don't beat each other up. And, I mean college men, educated professionals, and the people we notice. Women are rude to people, whom they shouldn't be noticing, because they wonder, whether the man they speak to, is being rude, obnoxious, etc., when they, the women are who are the cause perhaps, of the interaction. Men, just because they can read and write, feel they are 'Raja Bhayya', because they have made money. I can imagine the Goddess of Learning being a maternal figure, in regard to the gender of women, but why the menfolk of the modern woman, is educated, and why they are boors and bufoons, and why the women publicly fight other men, who are fighting their menfolk, is a consideration. Some Indian men, could have become very respected as builders, manufacturers, etc., the only issue is, that they feel inadequate being educated, and being who they are.
To Tejinder,: Sir, I don't know, what GOI is. I do know what G O P means. If G O I refers to India, I haven't exactly been acquainted with the term. Also, the British, when people used to go for their internal ablutions to perhaps the banks of a lake, and thus inconvenienced others, who bathed there, termed the act, and the result, a nuisance. Today, the well bred city dweller calls any action inconvenient, a 'nuisance'. Either, something is amiss, I mean, here and/or there, or what is happening is officially a nuisance. I mean, ministers call situations a 'nuisance'. The then King's English, as spoken in the corridors of Indian administration, and also to the simple villager, was the same. It appears, there is seriously no difference between nuisance, and anything, because we seem to believe it.
The Bhaigiri of Raja surfaces again with the killing of DSP. We fret and fume over the chickanery of politicians like Raja Baiya facing heat now for the apprehensive murder,though we conveniently forget the political system which pampers such criminality to shelter all its shenanigans.That the one man army of Bhaiya, a known history sheeter had been showered with the blessings of rulers like Kalyan singh, Mayawati and the latest Akilesh,speak volumes of the opportunism of the rulers who hinge on muscle power to silence the critics. Can any parody excel a habitual prisoner donning the robe of the minister for prison? When the soft-pedalling of the state over heinous felony is repulsive, the ministerial berth offered to Raja Baiya on a platter makes a mockery of our democracy. We dont' cry foul over the nexus of criminals like Raja Bhaiya with rulers of all political hues, as the luxury of power makes all sorts of compromise hoodwinking the state accountability.We fail miserably to avert law- breaking but cry hoarse over the logical end. The earlier utterances of the uncle of Akilesh trivializing corruption evoked a controversy, though Akilesh was seen unruffled. More disappointing was the non-chalance of Akilesh to kick start the investigation. The demand of Rajabaiya for a CBI inquiry, rather a ploy to stave off the public fury, gives a twist to the murder. Akilesh should introspect, and allow the strong arms of law to nail the culprit as his hobnobbing with the accused earns him little respect and image. He should not miss to read warning signals which may turn political tables against him.
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