Akhilesh govt has no right to remain in power: Cong

Congress Friday drew a parallel between the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat and the Muzaffarnagar communal violence in UP

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 21, 2013 5:26 am

Congress Friday drew a parallel between the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat and the Muzaffarnagar communal violence in UP and said the Akhilesh Yadav government has “no right” to continue in office as it failed miserably to take preventive action. Congress,however,made it clear it was not demanding imposition of President’s rule in the SP-ruled state.

“It is almost like revisiting the Gujarat riots once again. At a time when the country is in need of communal harmony,the state government has failed to take preventive action. Congress strongly condemns this. The incidents… in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas reveal the total failure of the UP government. The state government has no right to continue in the light of these incidents which claimed 43 lives,injured scores of people,destroyed properties worth crores of rupees,” Congress spokesperson P C Chacko said.

The Congress’s attack on the SP government came on a day the CBI closed the disproportionate assets case against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav citing lack of evidence.

The BJP said there was an understanding between Congress and SP. “What a farce of a statement (from Congress). On the one hand they offer concession to Mulayam (in the DA case) and on the other they give a gentle rap on the knuckles of Akhilesh. The CBI filing the closure report shows there is some understanding between Congress and SP,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Arrest ‘a powerful minister’: Uma

ALLAHABAD: Without naming senior SP minister Azam Khan,BJP national vice-president Uma Bharti Friday said Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh should take action against “one of the powerful ministers in the state who was responsible for the Muzaffarnagar riots”. She also said the Centre should dismiss the state government as it had failed to protect its citizens.

Rajnath Singh to visit Muzaffarnagar today

New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh will visit the riot-affected areas of Muzaffarnagar today and meet the family members of the journalist and two Jat youths killed during the initial phase of the violence that has left 43 people dead.

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