Amar Singh meets Mah Dy CM on Digras riots issue

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Mumbai, Aug 14 (UNI) Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh today met Maharashtra deputy chief minister R R Patil and took up the issue of Digras riots, alleging that in the riots the minority community was targeted.

He gave a CD to Mr Patil, who assured that action would be taken within a fortnight.

He was accompanied by party MP Abu Asim Azmi and Minority Commission chairman Naseem Siddiqui.

Mr Singh said 12 Muslims leaders had so far called on the government regarding the Digras riot issue, but no action was taken.

The Digras riot erupted in the town over desecration of holy Quran on July 19-20.

He said during the Shiv Sena-BJP regime there were no attacks on the minorioties and added that ''I am anguished about the Digras incident''.

The SP leader hinted that his party will join hands with the Congress-NCP in the state, saying Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar are better than BJP prime ministerial candidate L K Advani and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

He said while SP would help the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, the latter should held them in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

In Madhya Pradesh the SP has seven MLAs, he informed.

Mr Singh described the Amarnath land row issue as an attempt to trifurcatre Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh. He alleged that L K Advani and Hurriyat leader Sayed Shah Geelani are instrumental in flaring up the crisis.

Asked wherther he would be inducted into the Union ministry, he said he has not made such a demand.

Mr Singh, whose statement against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray had created a stir in February, said Raj should be ignored to maintain harmony in the state.

He said if inflation continues to rise, his party would launch an agitation against the Union Finance Minister, despite his party supporting the UPA Government.


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