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BJP instigating riots to impede growth, alleges Mulayam Singh

‘I heard his (Modi's) speech... He said nothing has been done for farmers, but I ask whether he has made education, irrigation and health care free in his home state like Uttar Pradesh,’ Yadav said addressing the ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao (Save the Country, Build the Country)’ rally here.

‘Over Rs 16.50 crore of loans of the Land Development Bank has been waived off and provisions have been made to ban auction of farmers' land, but what have you done Modi sahab?’ he asked, and added the state cabinet had also okayed free medical treatment for serious ailments like cancer.

Rejecting allegations of discrimination in relief work in Muzaffarnagar, he said ‘riots are unfortunate and should not have happened’, but the state government had done everything possible to provide employment and house to the victims.

The Samajwadi Party chief questioned Modi as to what he had done for the riot victims in his home state Gujarat, and recalled how the locals, especially women, apprised him of their problems which he ‘cannot utter from the dais’ here.

Alleging that hurdles are being created in development of the state, Yadav asked who was behind the Muzaffarnagar riots.

‘When we start development, murders are committed and fires are set on... who did Muzaffarnagar... are your MLAs not involved?’ he asked.

‘You said we helped only one section of society why is your eye only on Muslims... We do not do so, if there is anyone who does discrimination, it is you,’ he said, ‘We had given land to Sikhs in the terai region of the state, but in Gujarat you have been trying to snatch lands from Sikhs and conspiring to throw them out.’

‘It is my open charge why are Sikhs being troubled in Gujarat... Why is the government trying to grab their land?’ he asked.

Speaking on the large crowd in Modi’s rallies, the SP chief claimed that in the BJP leader’s Meerut rally on Sunday a small number of youths attended whereas the SP meet was dominated by young voters.

‘Only when you (Modi) got defeated in attracting a large number of people, you said that it is not a competition of (drawing) crowds but of development... but who started it (the competition)?’ Yadav asked.

He said on development front too the Uttar Pradesh government was doing a great work and ‘in five years it would be one of the most developed state in the country because of SP’s policies’.
‘If in Gujarat it is the population of six crore which is happy, in UP about half of the 21 crore population is happy... where is the competition?’ he asked.

Beni too accuses BJP of spreading poison in society

Lucknow:
Continuing with zahar ki kheti barb, union steel minister and Congress Working Committee(CWC) member Beni Prasad Verma on Monday said the world knows who has spread poison in society through his communal agenda.

'Our leader Sonia Gandhi did not take any name during her statement on poison. It was just like Chor Ki Daadhi Me Tinka. that Modi took that statement on him and he along with BJP opened a barrage against Congress,’ he said.

Addressing news conference here, Verma said  development in the country could only happen when there is social peace. But could the BJP leaders spread peace. He also termed country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru as the architect of modern India but now the opposition was not even sparing him.
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