SP leader Akhilesh Yadav said the state was “shaken up” by the brutal killing of the former MLA. “In the presence of the police today, the state has been shaken by the brutal killing of Shri Nirvendra Munna ji, who was a three-time MLA, in Lakhimpur in broad daylight. Condolences. Under BJP rule, people of the state are not only worried about the law and order, but are also fearful,” he said in a tweet.
The incident has once again added momentum to Brahmin politics ahead of the state assembly elections. The politicians had already been pushing to woo the upper caste after the encounter of Vikas Singh and announcement of Lord Parshuram’s statue.
Latching onto the narrative, the Opposition has sighted the MLA’s death as another proof of atrocity against the community. Congress leader and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Sunday asked whether the leaders of ‘Brahmin community’ were being targeted by criminals in the state.
“Uttar Pradesh becomes a crime state. Murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping by organised criminals have engulfed the soul of Uttar Pradesh. The case of former legislator Nirvendra Kumar Mishra is living proof of this. Are the leaders of Brahmin society being targeted by criminals?,” Surjewala said in a tweet.