While it is customary not to speak ill of the dead, the passing of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav was soon followed by reminders of how mercilessly he had, as the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, ordered police shooting on karsevaks during the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.
On the morning of 30 October, the police had barricaded about 1.5 km long pathway to the Babri Masjid. Ayodhya was in an unprecedented security cordon. Curfew had been imposed. Yet, sadhus and karsevaks marched towards the structure.
By noon, police received orders from then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to open fire at the karsevaks. The firing led to chaos and stampede. Police chased down the karsevaks in the streets of Ayodhya.
Mulayam Singh Yadav
The killer of karsevaks was also one of the prime killers of the Congress, wiping it away from the Hindi heartland. Once he rose, the INC never came back in UP, bringing BSP and BJP as SP's replacement at times. Bihar followed in the footsteps. pic.twitter.com/SecJoUwIk7
— Surajit Dasgupta (@surajitdasgupta) October 10, 2022
Today, on receiving the news of his death, while expected eulogies followed, negative comments about Mulayam Singh Yadav dominated the hashtag trend in his name. Twitter handle @reachind_bharat wrote the politician was the man who taught UP to live without law and order, the man who ordered firing on karsewaks and he who favoured a community all his life.
'The Prince of Good Times' remembered Mulayam Singh Yadav as one who visited formations and asked officers ''how many of you are Yadavs'?" He travelled with underworld dons and criminals in an IAF aircraft and said Pakistan was not a threat in meetings with the service chiefs.
'Sensei Kraken Zero' wrote: "Mulayam Singh is dead… The man who ordered the massacre of karsevaks to win the 'trust' of the Muslim community. (The) man didn't suffer enough before dying."
Sharing news clippings below, user Aditya Singh wrote: "May Mahadev rest the souls of 50 karsevaks who were mercilessly k:lled during police firing in Ayodhya, when the government was that of #MulayamSingh. Never Forgive Never Forget. ॐ शांति."
Handle @kanimozhi wrote, sharing another picture from the darker aspects of Mulayam Singh Yadav's rule, "Hope today, those who are mourning also mourn for the thousand women raped, and hundred killed by #mulayamsingh in Rampur Tiraha. His crime and loot are not countable, Wish there is something called Karma."
Mulayam Singh Yadav, Samajwadi Party founder and three-time Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, died this morning after weeks in hospital. He was 82. The Samajwadi Party quoted Mulayam Singh's son Akhilesh Yadav as saying: "My respected father and everyone's Neta-ji has died."
Mulayam Singh had been critical for days and had been on life-saving drugs at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. He was to turn 83 in six weeks.