Bulldozer politics has emerged as the primary strategy of the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh. The government has successfully wielded bulldozers to demolish properties of mafia dons, gangsters, and illegal constructions, which has garnered widespread public support as a symbol of good governance. The use of bulldozers has sent a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated, and swift action will be taken against those who commit such heinous crimes. The government’s unrelenting approach to demolishing the properties of criminals has now become synonymous with Yogi Adityanath’s administration.
Bulldozer as Symbol of Power
The use of bulldozers to demolish illegally acquired properties of mafia dons such as Mukhtar Ansari and Atik Ahmed has gained widespread acceptance among the Hindu population. Bulldozer politics has become a way of displaying power for the BJP government. It has become a tool for the government to show that they are serious about cracking down on criminal activities and that no one is above the law.
Bulldozer Baba’s Popularity
The popularity of Yogi Adityanath, or Bulldozer Baba, as he is popularly known, has increased in recent times. He has been able to project himself as a strict administrator who will not pardon anyone for any wrongdoing. His approach towards law and order has been appreciated by the public, who feel that his policies are making Uttar Pradesh a safer place to live in. The UP police are now targeting individuals associated with mafia dons almost every day, and the public has taken notice of the government’s efforts. Bulldozer Baba’s image as a no-nonsense leader has resonated with the people of Uttar Pradesh, making him a popular leader in the state.
While the use of bulldozers to demolish illegal constructions and properties of criminals has gained widespread acceptance, legal experts have raised concerns about the validity of such actions. According to legal experts, a legal process should be followed before demolishing a house or property. However, the fear of going against the public mood has prevented people in the judiciary from questioning the process. Buildings are demolished first, and then documents are prepared and approved retrospectively. This has raised concerns about the validity of the government’s actions.
The Excitement for BJP
The use of bulldozers to demolish illegal constructions and properties of criminals has become a significant campaign issue for the BJP. The party claims that its tough approach towards law and order has made Uttar Pradesh a safer place to live in. The use of bulldozers has garnered support from the public, who feel that the government is taking proactive steps to address criminal activities in the state. BJP leaders believe that the popularity of Bulldozer Baba and his tough approach towards law and order will provide immense benefits in the 2024 general elections.
(Amit Kumar is Delhi based Lawyer. Views are personal)