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Sep 16, 2013 at 11:31pm IST

No end to politics over Muzaffarnagar riots; BJP, SP slam PM's visit

Muzaffarnagar: Politics over riots in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh continues with political parties charging each other of taking advantage of the communal flare up. The visit of Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to the riot-hit areas on Monday also came under severe criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling Samajwadi Party.

The top three Congress leaders rushed to Muzaffarnagar to meet refugees at a relief camp in Bassi Kalan. Meanwhile, curfew has been removed from the riot-hit areas on Monday.

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"It's the duty of the state government to ensure protection. Hope the state government will create a situation where people who have migrated will go back to their home," Manmohan Singh said after meeting the riot-hit people.

The Congress workers also protested against the Chief Minster Akhilesh Yadav and demanded his resignation.

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Sensing the people's anger against the Samajwadi Party government, the party was quick to hit out at the Congress. "It's good that the PM visited the state but it would have been better if he had visited other areas as well," SP leader Azam Khan said.

As Muslims are angry with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav over the riots and have threatened not to vote for his party, the Congress without missing an opportunity rushed to Muzaffarnagar to woo them.

Muslims make a powerful vote bank in the UP, comprising 18 per cent of the state's population. The Congress has lost this traditional vote bank to the SP over the last couple of decades.

But the Congress doesn't has a strong face in the state. Moreover, Congress has been wary on taking on the SP fiercely as it worries that it may lose its outside support at the Centre.

Following a number of communal clashes cases in the state in the last one year, former chief minster of Uttar Pradesh and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, who proved her credentials in maintaining law and order in the state, sees an opening for her party after the Muzaffarnagar riots.

"The Centre must not delay in dismissing the Uttar Pradesh government and imposing President's rule," said Mayawati.

The BJP criticised the fact that the Prime Minister didn't visit the areas where Jats were attacked. "Manmohan singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were on secular tourism," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Meanwhile, the Muzzafarnagar riots are likely to dominate proceedings in the UP Assembly session which began on Monday where the BJP is led by Hukum Singh, one of the leader named by the police in connection with the clashes.