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'Cong should wake up and act before elections'

delhi Updated: Oct 29, 2008 19:47 IST

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Linking the death of a migrant from Uttar Pradesh in Maharashtra to the violation of the "honour" of the state, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday asked Congress to "wake up" and check such incidents before it faces the ire of voters in the coming elections in Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"The attack on the migrant from Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh which led to his death was in fact an attack on the honour of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar," Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

Attacking the Maharashtra government, he alleged that the Vilasrao Deshmukh dispensation was treating MNS chief Raj Thackeray as its "son-in-law" even as he continues attacks on north Indians.

The police force of Deshmukh, R R Patil and Sharad Pawar has failed to protect north Indians, he alleged.

"While they shot dead Rahul Raj (a gun-wielding youth who died on Monday), they have not used even a stick on Raj Thackeray," he said.

"Congress should wake up before it faces the ire of north Indians in the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Delhi, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh," he said, while condemning the lynching of a youth from Uttar Pradesh in a train in Maharashtra on Tuesday.

Singh would soon meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to urge her to prevent repetition of such incidents.

The SP leader said RJD chief Lalu Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party Ram Vilas Paswan should take a serious view of the attacks on north Indians in Maharashtra and resign from the Cabinet as a protest.

"Had I been in the Cabinet, I would have resigned as the Vilasrao Deshmukh government is not taking steps to prevent attacks despite the Prime Minister's intervention...I request Lalu Prasad and Paswan to resign from the Cabinet," Singh said.

The SP general secretary said that Raj Thackeray is trying to outdo his uncle Bal Thackeray.

Singh said he would not support the demand for imposition of President's Rule in Maharashtra "as fortunately or unfortunately we are supporting the UPA".