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Sambhal Rising from Caste Politics to Community Progress

Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency, nestled in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, plays a vital role in the Bharatiya political landscape. It is one of the 80 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, with a unique blend of cultural diversity and political importance. In recent years, it has been under the spotlight, primarily due to the tumultuous tenure of Shafiqur Rehman Barq, a Samajwadi Party (SP) member, who has left a trail of controversy in his wake.

Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency encompasses five Vidhan Sabha segments, each representing a unique aspect of the region’s socio-political landscape. These segments are Kundarki, Bilari, Chandausi (SC), Asmoli, and Sambhal. This geographical diversity within the constituency mirrors the rich tapestry of Uttar Pradesh itself. The historical significance of Sambhal dates back centuries, with a heritage steeped in culture and tradition. Over the years, it has emerged as a hotbed of political activity, often attracting national attention during elections. The constituency has seen its fair share of political transitions and power shifts, reflecting the dynamic nature of Indian democracy.

Sambhal History

Sambhal’s historical importance is undeniable, with its roots tracing back to different eras. In Satyug, it was known as Satyavrat, in Treta Yug as Mahendragiri, in Dvapar Yug as Pingal, and in Kali Yug, it has come to be known as Sambhal. This connection to various epochs underscores the region’s timeless significance. Geographically, it is structured like a triangular shape, with three corners adorned by temples dedicated to Bhagwan Mahadev in his linga form. These temples, known as Chandreshwar, Bhuvaneshwar, and Sambhaleshwar, are believed to bestow spiritual blessings upon pilgrims. It is said that devotees who circumambulate these temples during their pilgrimage receive the utmost benefits.

Its historical association with Prithviraj Chauhan, a renowned king of his time, adds to its allure. Prithviraj Chauhan’s fort was situated in Sambhal, and although it now lies in ruins, it serves as a reminder of the region’s glorious past. Unfortunately, the landscape of Sambhal is no longer as even as it once was, with some areas characterized by steep hills and others by plains. The temples where Prithviraj Chauhan worshiped are now known as Chandreshwar Mahadev Temple and Manokamna Mandir. The latter is dedicated to Kali Maa, whom the king revered. Even today, lighting eleven lamps with devotion at these temples is believed to fulfill one’s desires.

Prithviraj Chauhan also commissioned the construction of a tunnel in Sambhal, which was meant to connect the city to Delhi. Remarkably, this tunnel occasionally emerges during construction or excavation activities, yet no comprehensive exploration has been undertaken to reveal its full extent. Kali Yuga’s incarnation, Kalki, is prophesized to visit Sambhal, and there is an ancient Kalki Temple in the city, which continues to attract throngs of devotees during auspicious occasions.

Sambhal is home to the Chamunda Devi Siddha Peeth, where devotees’ wishes are believed to come true. Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to the Devi, is celebrated with great fervor here, attracting devotees from far and wide. Despite these historical and cultural treasures, Sambhal has faced a decline in recent years, leaving its residents yearning for progress and development.

The Reign of Shafiqur Rehman Barq

Shafiqur Rehman Barq, a prominent member of the Samajwadi Party, has been a central figure in Sambhal’s political landscape for several years. However, his tenure has been marked by controversies and debates, which have raised questions about his effectiveness as a representative.

One of the major issues that has plagued Barq’s career is his stance on the national song “Vande Mataram.” In 2018, during the oath-taking ceremony in the Lok Sabha, Barq sparked a major controversy by refusing to chant “Vande Mataram.” His actions were widely criticized, with many accusing him of disrespecting the country’s patriotic sentiments.

The actions and controversies surrounding Shafiqur Rehman Barq have cast a shadow over the Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency. His refusal to chant “Vande Mataram” not only attracted national attention but also left many of his constituents disillusioned. Sambhal Constituency, like any other constituency, relies on its elected representative to address the issues and aspirations of its people.

Barq’s controversies have distracted from the real problems faced by the people of the constituency, including issues related to infrastructure, education, healthcare, and employment. It is imperative for elected representatives to prioritize the needs and concerns of their constituents over personal beliefs and controversies.

Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency holds immense significance in the political landscape of Uttar Pradesh and Bharat. Its diverse population looks to its elected representatives to bring about positive change and development. The tenure of Shafiqur Rehman Barq, marked by controversies and divisive actions, has raised questions about the effectiveness of political leaders in addressing the real issues faced by their constituents.

It is essential for the constituency and its people to have representatives who prioritize their welfare and work towards their betterment rather than indulging in contentious actions that divert attention from their needs. The upcoming elections in Sambhal will be closely watched as the people hope for a leader who can truly represent their aspirations and concerns on a national platform.

The Need for Change

The people of Sambhal deserve better representation and development. Shafiqur Rehman Barq’s tenure as a Member of Parliament has raised concerns among the electorate. One of the most significant issues is the perception that his focus has been primarily on caste-based differences, particularly within the Muslim community.

It is crucial to understand that while respecting and acknowledging the cultural and religious diversity of a constituency is important, an MP’s role is not limited to catering to specific communities. Sambhal is a diverse region with various needs and aspirations that transcend caste and religious boundaries.

Furthermore, there is a growing sentiment among the people of the region that they have not received adequate development and support from their MP. The constituency is home to a rich heritage and has immense potential for growth, but it requires effective leadership and representation to realize this potential fully.

The Voice of Change

The people of Sambhal must unite to bring about a positive change in their constituency. It is time to look beyond caste-based politics and focus on electing a representative who can prioritize the development and progress of Sambhal as a whole. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has the opportunity to present a compelling alternative to the current representation in Sambhal. By emphasizing the rich heritage and historical significance of the region, the BJP can connect with the people of Sambhal and inspire them to vote for change.

The Yadav community, which plays a significant role in the region’s demographics, can be a crucial factor in the BJP’s strategy. By addressing their concerns and highlighting the party’s vision for Sambhal’s development, the BJP can garner support from this influential group. Moreover, it is essential for the BJP to engage with the Muslim community in Sambhal and demonstrate that its agenda is inclusive and focused on the overall welfare of the constituency. Building bridges of trust and emphasizing development as a priority can help win over Muslim voters.

The BJP, with its potential to tap into the region’s rich heritage and diverse demographics, can offer a compelling alternative. By prioritizing development, inclusivity, and effective representation, the BJP has the opportunity to turn the tide in its favor and bring about positive change in the Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency. Sambhal has the potential to reclaim its historical glory and emerge as a thriving and prosperous region. It is up to the electorate to make an informed choice and elect a representative who will champion their cause and lead Sambhal towards a brighter future.

                 “सम्भल के नागरिकों का संकल्प, विकास की ओर एक साथ बढ़ना है अब।”

This article was contributed by Naresh Yadav (Social Activist)

(Featured Image Source: Amar Ujala)

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