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'SP orchestrated communal strife in Gorakhpur'

RLD President Chaudhury Ajit Singh on Thursday alleged that ruling Samajwadi Party had orchestrated communal strife in Gorakhpur, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2007 17:41 IST

The Rashtriya Lok Dal President Chaudhury Ajit Singh on Thursday alleged that ruling Samajwadi Party had orchestrated communal strife in Gorakhpur. Singh said the law and order machinery had crumbled in the state.

Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Thursday Singh said from the Nithari serial killing to the rape of Madrassa girls in Allahabad and now riots in Gorakhpur, the state government's inapt handling of the situation was amply demonstrated in all the cases. Singh said the state police had virtually become an instrument of creating lawlessness and corruption.

The RLD chief said Gorakhpur violence was also planned to create BJP's terror in the mind of the Muslim community. Singh, however, said that the SP would not succeed in its gameplan to keep the minority community under its tight leash, as Gorakhpur clashes were not basically between two communities. He said while both Hindu and Muslim masses had kept themselves away from violence, some hoodlums supporting BJP MP Yogi Aditya Nath had been creating problems. "It would not politically benefit Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav," Singh commented.

Pointing out that the state had witnessed several riots during the last three years, Singh said it was strange that clashes occurred only during Yadav's regime.

Referring to the rape of Muslim girls in Allahabad, Singh said "rape could not be compensated by Rs two lakh." He said Nithari had also exposed the UP police. Even though Singh said free and fair elections were not possible under the Yadavgovernment, he pinned his hope on the election commission on the issue.

He said the RLD was ready for election with or without electoral alliance with any party. Singh said he was also not in race for the UP's chief ministership.

However he said the people wanted change and political parties should come out with a viable alternative. Claiming that SP would not come back to power Singh said "casteism and rampant corruption" had worsened the situation in the state.Calling upon partymen to be ready for the poll, he said the election process was likely to be completed by April-May. Making a dig at the spat between SP General Secretary Beni Prasad Verma and Labour Minister Dr Waqar Ahmad Shah, the RLD chief said "days of this government are numbered". Earlier Singh addressed party workers.

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First Published: Feb 01, 2007 17:41 IST