On the day Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav signalled closure to the ongoing feud with his uncle Shivpal Yadav, Congress hit out at the ruling “Samajwadi parivar” for its preoccupation with the “law and order of the family, instead of the state”.
Questioning Akhilesh’s silence on the communal clash in Bijnor, the party alleged that Uttar Pradesh, where Assembly elections are due early next year, was once again heading towards “violence and polarisation on communal lines” as it had after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Referring to the killing of three persons of a particular community at Badaun on Friday, AICC spokesperson Meem Afzal claimed that the clash was “pre-planned” and the dispute had been settled in the morning but later about 100 persons gathered there.
He said it was the “same module”, which was used in the Muzaffarnagar violence, which had also started allegedly over eve-teasing.
Afzal accused both the ruling SP and the BJP of “being involved in vitiating the communal atmosphere” in the state ahead of the 2017 Assembly election. “Both (SP, BJP) were responsible for the Muzaffarnagar riots before the last Lok Sabha election and they are again trying to pollute the atmosphere of the state ahead of the Assembly polls,” he alleged.
Another AICC spokesperson and former Union minister RPN Singh said, “The family drama, which has been going on for last three days is affecting the state but the CM has been talking only about his family problems.”
“Chief Minister has said so many things about the rift in his family but he has not said anything about the state’s law and order. His government has spent four-and-a-half years in improving the law and order situation of only the family.
“Chief Minister says the dispute is of the government and not the family, but he should know that the family only is the government here,” said the AICC spokesperson.
Singh said only criminals and goons were riding the bicycle (SP symbol) and a minister who was sacked for corruption has been re-inducted within days.
Attacking BJP, he said the party raises the issue of law and order but “it will also whip up communal passions”.
He said no central scheme has reached UP in over two years, and none of the promises that Prime Minister Narendra Modi made ahead of the Lok Sabha election campaign have been fulfilled.
Rajya Sabha MP and former Union minister Rajeev Shukla said it was only the Congress, which was raising the issues affecting farmers and common people and was not trying to fight the election in the name of caste or religion like SP, BSP and BJP. He said Congress leaders are visiting every nook and corner of the state. Shukla said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s yatra in UP was getting “huge response” and people know that the “our governments have done maximum work”.
He said the Centre has not been able to develop even the PM’s constituency and that was why such a huge crowd came out during the roadshow of Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Varanasi because of the “anger that people are