Do you remember that “shamshan” remark of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections?
Yes, that remark was considered “divisive” by the pseudo-seculars and BJP and Modi’s opponents. The Congress had then even stated that Modi’s remark was a “clear violation” of Election Commission’s rules.
Ironically, the political parties which objected to Modi’s remark are actually the ones who have been displaying the art of communal politics, playing caste card at every election and promoting reservations over merit ever since India’s independence.
PM Modi is making below the belt remarks,these people want to communalise the society: Lalu Prasad Yadav on PM’s kabristan-shamshaan comment pic.twitter.com/DGvInNCCKQ
— ANI (@ANI_news) February 20, 2017
Anyway, BJP won the UP elections with a massive majority. It is now clear who exactly was playing divisive politics.
But Subramanian Swamy today brought Twitterati’s attention to the remark with this tweet:
So Namo was right pic.twitter.com/OCkkIeIj9E
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 30, 2017
The tweet shows a chart from an article by OpIndia published on February 21. Here is the chart:
OpIndia had done its own research into the remark which clearly proved that Samajwadi Party government had indeed spent way more on kabristans (burial grounds) than shamshaans (cremation grounds).
When calculated on per capita basis, the figure comes to around Rs.339 for every Muslim as compared to Rs.39 for a Hindu based on population of Uttar Pradesh as per the 2011 Census of Indian.
Yet the self-proclaimed – but myopic – guardians of secularism, Modi was the one playing divisive politics.