SP responsible for spreading terrorism: Mayawati

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Lucknow, Sep 22: BSP Supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday, Sep 21 criticised the attempts to target Muslims in the name of terrorism. "Muslim community should not be held responsible for the recent terror attacks in Delhi and elsewhere", said Mayawati. The Muslims in Uttar Pradesh were being looked upon with suspicion. The community should not be harassed she added.

She also said that full co-operation was extended to the Centre in curbing the menace of terrorism in India and state. Mayawati further warned the officials that strict action would be taken if she received complaints of harassment of innocent persons belonging to the minority community or any other caste. She also took up the cause of Christians. They are feeling insecure in the BJP-ruled States, she alleged. Referring to the incidents in Orissa, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, she said it showed that the communal forces had become strong.

Chief Minister accused the Centre of playing politics on the issue. She demanded the UPA government to take strict action on the activities of the outfits aligned with the BJP, as well as other organisations, in a bid to maintain communal harmony.

The Chief Minister, who has called for a meeting on Monday, Sep 22 for discussing the law and order scenario in the background of the recent incidents and terror-links with UP, said the Samajwadi Party regime had brought disrepute to the State, vis-a-vis terrorist activities.

"Terrorist activities in UP started with the Sankat Mochan bomb blast followed by the Ayodhya incident and the blast in the Shramjeevi Express, all under the SP regime", accused Mayawati. She said that had the SP government crushed terrorism, UP would not have earned a bad name.

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