Cycle is the symbol of Which political Party in India

Cycle is the symbol of Which political Party in India. In July 2008, 22 bombs occurred in Ahmedabad over 70 minutes, with explosives planted in buses, automobiles, and parked cycles. More than a bit of specter-mongering in the rest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s speech in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, which is in the midst of a state election. Recalling the Ahmedabad explosions just days after 38 convicts were sentenced to death for them, the Prime Minister accused the Opposition of being soft on terror and connected dots that were impossible to connect otherwise. “Cycle par bomb rakhe hue the (bombs were placed on cycles),” he stated, referring to the SP’s election symbol. “Main hairan hun yeh cycle ko unhone kyun pasand kiya (I’m shocked that they preferred the bicycle),” says the narrator.

The cycle evokes many associations, with connotations ranging from simple mobility and balance to empowerment — the low-cost, unsnazzy mode of transportation for the poor and middle classes, the unlikely star of a Bihar government scheme for schoolgirls, which helped them continue to study even when it meant pedaling to a school outside their village. It can’t be related to the terror act any more than the Congress’s hand or the BSP’s elephant can, unless by an equally insane semantic jump — the terrorist’s “hand” or horror as the “elephant” in the room. The PM’s attempt to make a political opponent’s poll sign appear evil before elections, on the other hand, speaks not of words and meanings but politics. This politics delights in tarring and labeling the opposition.

When the SP was in power, the PM’s accusation of softness on terror cases as political polemic, but it could be said to have more substance — in 2013, for example, the then Akhilesh Yadav government ordered the withdrawal of cases against 19 people facing terror charges, including for blasts in Varanasi and Gorakhpur, Lucknow, and Ayodhya, citing insufficient evidence. The Prime Minister’s characterization of the decision is harsh. Still, it is consistent with his party’s tough stance on terror and its strident projection of these policies to distinguish itself from its election rivals. The BJP’s victorious 2019 campaign was dominated by the airstrike on Balakot. The cycle-terror equation, on the other hand, goes one step farther. It’s one thing to claim that your political opponent is weak on national security; it’s quite another to say that they are involved in or linked to terrorist acts in any way. In the context of UP, it’s also a communal dog whistle, which isn’t unusual – the BJP campaign in 2017 in UP talked about kabristan vs. shamshan, Ramzan vs. Diwali — but uncomfortable.

Disrespect for the opposition in a democracy can disrespect the people’s right to vote and for democracy itself. It’s demoralizing and upsetting for a politician of the Prime Minister’s standing to lose sight of these crucial distinctions in the heat of political struggle.

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