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Akhilesh Yadav attacks BJP over Muzaffarnagar riots

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that the BJP tried to create divisions between Hindus and Muslims, keeping forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in mind.

‘BJP is out to vitiate the communal atmosphere in the state in view of the coming Lok Sabha elections and some people played an active part in the riots,’ an unusually aggressive chief minister told the assembly in his reply during a debate on the Muzaffarnagar riots.

‘The state government is committed to restore peace in the riot-torn Western Uttar Pradesh and would not allow the political design of a party to come true,’ Yadav said, while replying to a debate on Muzaffarnagar riots in the UP State Assembly.

Akhilesh even asked BJP legislators whether they had not circulated objectionable SMSes or MMS. ‘What is the guarantee that such incidents would not be repeated in near future’, he asked.

Reacting to the sting operation shown by a TV channel against his senior minister,  Akhilesh said, ‘I know how it is done. It is just cut and paste job carried out at the editing table.’

In a show of aggression, the aggressive chief minister even declared that officials found guilty in dealing with the situation would be severely dealt with. ‘There will not be any compromise on this front,’ he said.

‘Our government is committed to restore peace in western UP and would do so come what may,’ he said.

The debate was initiated by the leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya, who questioned why the state has become a battle field when  the Samajwadi Party comes to power. He demanded the resignation of the chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for his failure to restore peace in Mzafarnagar.

BJP legislature leader Hukum Singh, Pramod Tiwari (Congress), Uma Bharati (BJP) also spoke against the Government.

Earlier, the opposition members created ruckus in the state assembly over a sting operation by a news channel that claimed to have exposed senior minister Md Azam Khan for asking for wrong favours during recent Muzaffarnagar riots.

The leader of the opposition said the sting operation had clearly shown how and why the guilty were spared on behest of the senior government functionaries and it required a detailed discussion in the House. Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey had to adjourn the House for half an hour within minutes after the session had begun.
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