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Mulayam defends govt on riots on first visit to Muzaffarnagar

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Mulayam Singh Yadav said it would ensure justice to 2002 Gujarat riot victims and implementation of recommendations of Srikrishna commission. "SP government provided an assistance of Rs 115 crore to riot victims. Such a big amount was never distributed as relief to riot victims in the country," said Mulayam. (PTI)

Visiting Muzaffarnagar for the first time since the deadly communal riots seven months ago, ruling SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday reached out to Muslims and claimed Rs 115-crore assistance was given to victims unlike in Gujarat where “not a single rupee” was spent by Narendra Modi for 2002 riots affected.

Addressing a rally in the western UP district that will go to polls on April 10, he said that no party would gain majority in the elections.

The Third Front will form government and SP will emerge as the largest party, he said.

With SP government under attack for handling of communal riots that left over 60 people dead and thousands of others homeless, Mulayam claimed the administration had successfully controlled the violence in two days.

“SP government provided an assistance of Rs 115 crore to riot victims. Such a big amount was never distributed as relief to riot victims in the country.

“Gujarat government led by Modi had not given a single rupee to the riot victims but UP government has distributed  relief amount to riot victims without any discrimination,” the former UP chief minister said.

Referring to the Sachchar committee report, he said that Muslims are economically backward and the state government has  planned various welfare schemes for them.

He claimed that Samajwadi party would win more than 50 per cent of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

SP leader said that Muslims and farmers have been  ignored in the country and they need a helping hand to improve their condition.

He appealed to the people to vote for SP candidate Virender Singh.

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