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Support us to make me PM: Mulayam to riot-hit Muzaffarnagar

On his maiden visit to Muzaffarnagar after the riots last year, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav condemned the Jat-Muslim violence and reminded the people that the state had extended maximum assistance to riot victims.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2014 01:06 IST
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On his maiden visit to Muzaffarnagar after the riots last year, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav condemned the Jat-Muslim violence and reminded the people that the state had extended maximum assistance to riot victims.

Addressing a huge gathering, Yadav underlined the significance of UP in India’s politics, he explained: "UP has 80 Lok Sabha seats and we are winning on maximum seats. So you may support the SP if you want to see me as prime minister".

He said since the Third Front — not the Congress or the BJP — would form the government, the party with the highest number of seats would be declared its leader.

Yadav expressed regrets for the lives lost in the clashes, but claimed: "We controlled the violence quickly and tried to provide as relief to the victims as possible." No government has ever given so much to riot victims.

Mentioning the SP manifesto, Mulayam assured traders of more facilities. He said his party was committed to providing medical assistance to those suffering from serious illnesses. "No poor person will die because of treatment facilities being inaccessible."

The crowd cheered when Yadav declared that the SP had decided to provide free education and medical assistance. Leaving behind the cheering crowd, Mulayam then flew to neighbouring Kairana to address a rally in Shamli.

The SP has fielded six-time MLA Virendra Singh from Muzaffarnagar against sitting MP Kadir Rana of the BSP and BJP’s Sanjeev Kumar Baliyan. The Congress has given ticket to Vaishya leader Pankaj Agarwal.

Speculations are rife that election here would be fought on the basis of caste and religion because the riot has polarised people along communal lines, pushing out all other major issues.