BJP, RLD supporters clash in UP's Muzaffarnagar in presence of union minister

Express News Service
LUCKNOW: A BJP outreach team, led by Union minister and party MP from Muzaffarnagar Sanjeev Balyan, countered stiff resistance from farmers at Bhainswal village of Shamli district in western UP over the new farm laws.

Bhainswal is the same village where RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhury had addressed a kisan mahapanchayat and warned the UP government of consequences in the 2022 polls if the laws were not repealed. 

The BJP team is entrusted with the task of damage control by talking to the farmers and convincing them about the goodness of the new farm laws. The team was told to focus on the Jat community perceived to be turning away from the BJP. 

On Sunday, as Balyan, accompanied by state Panchayati Raj minister Bhupendra Chowdhary and local BJP MLAs reached Bhainswal, hundreds of agitated farmers gathered and parked tractors to block their entry. The team managed to enter the village, only to face slogans like ‘Down with BJP’ and ‘Balyan go back’. 

Balyan tried to address the gathering, but his speech only fuelled the anger. “Only a few farmer leaders are opposing the new laws. Most of them are happy,” he said. Soon, angry farmers almost forced them to get out of the village.

On Monday, Jayant Chaudhury tweeted about a clash between farmers and BJP workers in Soram village in Muzaffarnagar district on Monday and also posted pictures of some injured persons. Similar sentiments are riding high in Kutba, Balyan’s native village in Muzaffarnagar district. However, Balyan denied having faced resistance and said he talked to many farmers. 

Mounting trouble

Bhainswal is the same village where RLD’s Jayant Chaudhury had addressed a kisan mahapanchayat and warned the Yogi government of consequences.