Lucknow, Sept 10: At a time when the western part of Uttar Pradesh is burning in communal clashes, the Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said that the violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas is not 'riot' but the result of caste conflict.
When the death toll has reached at least 38 in UP, such kind of statement by the ruling party supremo is least expected. Instead of finding ways to control the escalating violence, that may even spread to other states, if not "managed", then making such statements does not make any sense.
Mulayam Singh Yadav even said that there has been 'no failure on part of Akhilesh Yadav government'. Now, what can people expect from this government who have lost their family members in these riots.
Instead, Mulayam ji does not seem to be in a serious mood to tackle the ongoing violence in his state. Today, he reportedly said that "I am not a Prime Ministerial candidate."
Mulayamji, please wake up and face the reality. This is not the right time to dream of prime ministerial post. At least, first manage your state only then you can think of managing a country!
The violence that triggered on August 27 has so far claimed at least 38 lives. The situation remains tense in Meerut, Hapur, Baghpat, Saharanpur and Shamli areas, even after 15 days of violence.
Although, army and heavy police force have been deployed in the communally-sensitive areas to avert any untoward incident.
But, the SP government has terribly failed to take the required necessary steps to maintain peace in western UP.
Remember, in case of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, how fast an action was taken in suspending an honest officer. Just 40 minutes!
At that time, the father-son duo gave an explanation that they suspended Durga as her action could have led to "communal flare-up". Now, what are you thinking Mulayamji?
So far, 81 people have been reportedly injured in violence-hit districts and 366 people have been arrested.
As of today, curfew was relaxed for two hours in three areas of trouble-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh even as the death toll in the clashes in the district and adjoining towns climbed to 38.
Although UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today said, "The state government would deal strictly with all those who have tried to create communal chasm and harm the atmosphere of Muzaffarnagar and Uttar Pradesh. It would be our efforts that communal amity is strengthened and the areas where situation has been brought under control no new incidents are allowed to take place".
"We have got information that many people have left there homes and villages and collected elsewhere and they have to return...it would be my appeal that brotherhood should remain intact", he added.
But the concrete action is yet to be taken Mr Akhilesh.