The Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh came under attack in the Lok Sabha on Monday over the communal strife in Bareilly with SP, Congress and BJP members seeking Centre's intervention.
The House had to be adjourned prematurely before lunch recess after BJP members created a ruckus for its member Maneka Gandhi being disallowed from raising the issue.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav raised the issue of violence in Bareilly, which has been under curfew since the last fortnight, during Zero Hour and targetted the Mayawati government for
the handling of the situation.
"While Bareilly is on fire, Mayawati government is spending Rs 200 crore of public money on a rally," he said, adding that a large number of people were injured in violence in the UP town over the last fortnight and Muslims were the worst affected.
"What did the state government do to prevent it and bring it under control?" he asked.
His party colleague Shailendra Kumar sought Centre's intervention and demanded a statement on the situation.
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, who criticised the state government for preventing political leaders from the town and nearby to visit it as curfew was in place, said the Centre's statement should be made today itself.
"In the last 10 years, Bareilly was never under curfew for 14 continuous days," he added.