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Political blamegame escalates over UP violence

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday alleged ‘political conspiracy’ behind the riots in Muzaffarnagar to destabilise his government, while rival BSP blamed ruling SP for the violence, escalating the political blame game over the communal strife.

‘The violence is a political conspiracy to defame and destablise my government, which is doing a good job for poor, youths, muslims and all sections of the society’, Yadav said, as BJP and RLD demanded imposition of President’s rule in UP.

‘Political parties are trying to find ways to attack the government, they had done this earlier also. Earlier, in Shamli they tried to vitiate atmosphere of the state but it was thwarted’, said Yadav, who is under attack over the violence. He was talking to reporters in Lucknow at a function to see off Haj pilgrims leaving for Mecca.

Home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said, ‘I had said in my monthly conference in Delhi that as elections are approaching, there is a likelihood of communal tension in the country,’ Shinde told reporters here without naming any political party.

Asked whether he was pointing to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Shinde said: ‘We have information that some people will create this (communal tension). I don’t blame any party as such.’

BSP chief Mayawati and RLD leader Ajit Singh blamed Samajwadi Party(SP) and BJP for the violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of UP saying the two were advancing their political interests by polarising voters. They demanded imposition of central rule.

‘One can see the hands of BJP and SP behind this. Lok Sabha polls are near and both the parties want to give a communal colour to the polls...it is their political gameplan,’ Mayawati said in New Delhi.

Union minister and RLD supremo Ajit Singh, who was detained in Ghaziabad while entering the riot-hit areas on Monday, said BJP wants polarisation of votes, and ‘so does SP’.

‘Both think they will gain...why did BJP send (Amit) Shah to UP - first to Ayodhya and then Mathura,’ questioned Singh whose party is a UPA ally.
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