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Sep 17, 2013 at 08:31am IST

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav blames petty politics for Muzaffarnagar riots

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is staying silent on the questions regarding his resignation over the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. In an interview to CNN-IBN, the Chief Minister blamed petty politics for the violence.

He said that political parties have been at work for a long time and have been inciting groups towards the clashes. Akhilesh stated that several parties have been trying to create a divide among the people based on religion which led to the current situation.

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"Whatever happened in Muzaffarnagar started a long time ago. Several incidents happened and if you look closely you will realise that some people were carefully planning this kind of violence," Akhilesh said.

"Some political parties are intentionally trying to paint a communal picture. The government will look into all aspects and probe everyone involved," he added.

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On Monday, Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar and said the state must ensure the safety of the people ""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. 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.

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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.