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Violence pains Vajpayee

FORMER PRIME Minister and local MP Atal Bihari Vajpayee said the outbreak of communal violence in the city was a conspiracy hatched by anti-social elements.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 01:39 IST

FORMER PRIME Minister and local MP Atal Bihari Vajpayee said the outbreak of communal violence in the city was a conspiracy hatched by anti-social elements.

In a Press release, BJP State spokesperson Narendra Singh Rana said Vajpayee’s personal secretary Shiv Kumar had informed him that the former Prime Minister was pained over the communal violence, deaths and destruction of property in the city.

In his message, Vajpayee said Lucknow was known for its communal harmony and the peaceful atmosphere of the city should not be disturbed. People should work to restore peace and harmony and strict action should be taken against anti-social elements, he said.

Meanwhile, State BJP president Keshari Nath Tripathi and Leader of Opposition in the Vidhan Sabha Lalji Tandon blamed the State Government for the riots in the city.

Talking to mediapersons, both the leaders said communal violence was part of the Samajwadi Party’s politics.

Whenever the SP came to power, riots became a common feature in the State, they said.

Lalji Tandon alleged Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was supporting hardliners among the Muslim community to get their votes in the Vidhan Sabha election. The district administration and police officials remained mute spectators, even as rioters indulged in killing and arson, he regretted.

Tripathi said the chief minister should not have participated in an anti-Bush rally at Delhi. Yadav held a constitutional post and he should understand its dignity, he added.

Rather than dividing the society for the sake of power, Yadav should work for communal harmony, he said.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 01:39 IST