Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said on Monday that the recent communal clashes in the state were part of a ‘well-planned conspiracy’ by vested interests to divert people’s attention from the welfare schemes doled out by the Samajwadi Party (SP) government.
“All this is a ploy to discredit the people centric schemes launched by our government. Everyone talks about the violence and no one even mentions unemployment allowance, kanya vidyadan, etc.” Yadav told HT on sidelines of the civil military liaison conference held at central command headquarters here in Lucknow.
In reply to a question about the perceived administrative lapse while combating violence during the clashes, the CM said, “Even we were taken by surprise by the way the tension escalated and took a communal colour within no time in Faizabad. We were quick to react. The additional district magistrate and Superintendent of Police (SP) city were also suspended immediately.”
Several shops and vehicles were burnt in rioting when two communities clashed over immersion of idols of Goddess Durga in Rikabaganj and Chowk areas of Faizabad district on Thursday, leading to tension in that area.
The civil military liaison conference, held once ion four years, was presided over by the CM. Central Army commander Lt Gen Anil Chait and chief secretary UP, Javed Usmani along with senior functionaries from Army and state government discussed a range of issues concerning both the organizations.
Chief minister also announced that he would send a proposal to the Union government requesting to cover cantonment areas under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) like municipalities.
"Cantonments should also be entitled for funds under the JNNRUM. After a proposal from Army the state government would request the centre to include cantonments under the scheme. These areas are also part of the city after all,” he added. He also promised to solve all the existing land disputes between Army and the civil administration. He also expressed a wish to provide land for a second Sainik school in the state.
“We are ready to provide land for a sainik school. I thing more schools should be set up in UP so that more people are inducted in Armed forces,” he added.