New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday blamed political parties for the violence in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh as death toll has risen to 48.
He said the Home Ministry had alerted 11 states of a possible violence. "I won't blame the UP government. These incidents happen without without warning. We had alerted 11 states that there could be violence since elections are coming up. These tensions could be due to any political party," he said.
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh also attacked the Samajwadi Party government for mishandling the situation.
Meanwhile, the SP leader Azam Khan criticised the state government for faulty handling of situation in Muzaffarnagar. The national executive of Samajwadi Party is scheduled to meet in Agra on Wednesday.
Curfew will be relaxed on Wednesday for over four hours in the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar. The decision to relax the curfew comes as people are running low on ration and other essential commodities.
The Akhilesh government has come under fire from the Opposition over the communal violence. The Congress has also joined the chorus demanding the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's resignation. Union Minster Jitin Prasada hit out at the SP government, saying that Akhikesh Yadav has shown his incompetence and he must step down.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has come out in support of Akhilesh blaming the violence on communal forces. "There are some communal forces which are trying to create disturbance. It is unfortunate that some people lost their lives," Mulayam said.
Adding to the controversy is the local administrations move of booking another BJP MLA Sangeet Som on charges of uploading a fake provocative video. However, like his colleague Hukum Singh, Som too denied charges.