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Communal violence Bill: Mulayam says Cong bowed to BJP pressure

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav ahead of a press conference at the party office, in Lucknow on Friday. Vishal Srivastav  SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav ahead of a press conference at the party office, in Lucknow on Friday. Vishal Srivastav
Express News Service | Lucknow | Posted: February 8, 2014 2:54 am

SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday blamed the Congress for bowing to pressure from the BJP and deferring the communal violence Bill in Rajya Sabha.

“I am very sad on the behaviour of the Congress in deferring the communal violence Bill in Parliament. It shows that the Congress is under pressure from the BJP. I strongly condemn the act (of the Congress) with a heavy heart,” Mulayam told mediapersons here.

Mulayam claimed that the Congress had acted in haste while tabling the Bill in Parliament and later deferring it. “The Congress works in tandem with communal forces and I am a victim of it,” he said.

He said the SP will support the Bill and the Congress-led UPA government should again table it in Parliament. “We along with Left parties and others will ensure that the communal violence Bill is passed keeping in mind the feelings and demand of the Muslims of the country, but first the Congress should table it.”

Responding to a query, the SP chief said said fielding candidates from Amethi and Rae Bareli, the parliamentary constituencies of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, respectively, will depend upon circumstances. “They also did not field candidates against me and Dimple Yadav, but no one asked them. It all depends on the prevailing situation,” he said.

About Rampur parliamentary seat, Mulayam said Azam Khan has been given the authority to declare candidate from Rampur. “He can announce anyone as candidate and at any time.”

Responding to a query about an SP minister and other party leaders enjoying dance in a marriage party in west UP recently, Mulayam defended them, saying “dance is a very good exercise”.

‘With 21 cr people don’t expect good law and order’

In remarks that are likely to trigger a row, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav Friday said how can there be a good law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh when its population is more than 21 crore.

When mediamen asked the party chief about the law and order issues in the state, he attempted to draw a parallel between UP and Delhi. He said,”Don’t compare UP to Delhi. UP is ten times larger than the national capital. But in comparison to UP, Delhi has got ten times more crime.”

“How can you expect a better law and order in a state with 21 crore population,” SP chief said.

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