What are the allegations against Javed Pump?
Violence erupted after Friday prayers in Prayagraj on 10 June. The violence took place during a protest against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad. According to the police, Javed Pump was the mastermind of this violence. Javed is the state general secretary of Pump Welfare Party of India. At one time he used to work as Tullu Pump. Due to this the pump was added in front of its name.
Why Akhilesh wants to meet Javed Pump?
To understand this, we spoke to senior journalist Pramod Kumar Singh. He said, “Muslims are said to be angry with Akhilesh Yadav since the assembly elections. During this, many Muslim leaders have left Akhilesh Yadav’s side. Many leaders have openly given statements against Akhilesh. Azam Khan was also lodged in Sitapur jail for about 27 months. Even once Akhilesh Yadav did not go to meet him. There is resentment among Muslims about this.
Pramod says, ‘Akhilesh is now fully engaged in persuading Muslim voters. In this episode, he met the children of Javed Pump, accused of Prayagraj violence and assured that he would meet Javed in jail as well. Through this, he wants to assure the Muslim voters that the Samajwadi Party is completely with the Muslims of the state.
What is its political meaning?
All experts agree that in the 2022 assembly elections, Muslim voters voted unilaterally in favor of the Samajwadi Party. After the election, the displeasure of the Muslim community with Akhilesh came to the fore. On the other hand, Mayawati is also constantly trying to reach out to Muslim voters. AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi has also been continuously accusing Akhilesh of using Muslims only for votes. In such a situation, Akhilesh does not want the Muslim voter who united with him in 2022 to get away from him in 2024.