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Vajpayee condemns violence in Lucknow

He also appealed to the people in his constituency to maintain peace and harmony.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 20:50 IST

Former Prime Minister and Lok Sabha member from the city, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on Saturday condemned the violence which rocked the Uttar Pradesh capital on Friday during an anti-Bush protest.

He also appealed to the people in his constituency to maintain peace and harmony.

"Peace and Harmony must be maintained at all costs," the former Prime Minister said in a statement issued by his private secretary Shiv Kumar.

Expressing his heartfelt sympathies to the next of kin of those killed in the violence which claimed four lives, Vajpayee said it was triggered by "some mischievous elements".

Meanwhile, state BJP president Kesri Nath Tripathi and leader of opposition in Vidhan Sabha Lalji Tandon today blamed the state government for the violence.

"The district administration remained a mute spectator during the orgy of violence and awaited orders from the top to deal with the trouble mongers," they told newsmen in Lucknow.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 20:50 IST