Five Opposition parties have decided to depute a joint delegation that will visit Kairana and Kandhla towns in Shamli district of western UP Thursday to “ascertain facts”.
The move comes in the wake of allegations that people were migrating out of the area in large numbers due to “harassment” by people of rival sections.
JD (U) secretary-general K C Tyagi announced that the delegation will comprise himself, Mohd Salim of CPM, D Raja of CPI, D P Tripathi of NCP and Manoj Jha of RJD.
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Tyagi said the delegation would meet all sections of people in the two towns. The BJP, according to him, had created anxiety and tension in Uttar Pradesh by claiming that there had been an exodus of Hindus from Kairana. “They (BJP) have tested the waters in Godhra and Muzaffarnagar riots and seen the results. They are in search of a similar opportunity before assembly elections in UP,” he said.
He criticised the statement of BJP president Amit Shah on the alleged mass migration of Hindus and alleged that it has created anxiety and tension in western UP.
Earlier in the day, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav cautioned against any attempt to foment communal tension ahead of the assembly polls.
“People from Kairana did come to me. They told me that what all they (BJP) are saying is a lie. It is nice that they (BJP) have made a U-turn from what they have earlier said. Soon there will be elections in UP, there should not be any tension on communal divide,” he said.