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Sep 11, 2013 at 06:24pm IST

UP: SP's Muslim votebank jittery, Jamiat Ulema e-Hind demands President's rule

Lucknow: The muslim groups in Uttar Pradesh which are considered to be the Samajwadi Party's prime vote bank have criticised the state government over the manner in which it has dealt with the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar. Jamiat Ulema e-Hind chief Mahmood A Madani said that they have written to the Prime Minister seeking President's rule to be imposed in the state.

"Akhilesh Yadav should take responsibility and resign. If he does not resign then the Centre should use 341 and remove him. He has done nothing to control the situation, Jamiat Ulema e-Hind chief Mahmood A Madani said.

Earlier in the day, Union Minorities Affairs Minister Rehman Khan blamed the UP in-charge Amit Shah and Samajwadi party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for the situation in Muzaffarnagar. He added that imposing President's rule in the state could be considered if the Governor recommends it.

Khan also said that action will be taken if required and their mistakes will not be overlooked just because they are an ally in the government.

Even as several Congress leaders criticised the UP state government, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that he will not blame the government, but the political parties for the violence. Though he added that the state government was warned of impending communal violence.

48 people have lost their lives in the Muzaffarnagar clashes till Wednesday. Even as the violence has subsided, normalcy is yet to return in the area. The curfew that has been imposed to control any untoward incident has dampened the state of affairs and the business in the district.

1500 people have been arrested so far in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots. The curfew in the district was relaxed from 12 noon to 5 pm on Wednesday to monitor the situation.