Agra, Sept. 12 (PTI): Mulayam Singh Yadav today rejected any parallel between the Muzaffarnagar clashes and the post-Godhra riots, while playing down a face-off with party colleague Azam Khan.
The Samajwadi Party president promised “justice” for the victims of the riots and “strict action” against the guilty, claiming there was “no justice” in Gujarat after the 2002 pogrom.
At the end of the Samajwadi Party’s three-day national executive meeting, which Azam skipped, Mulayam said: “There was no justice in Gujarat but justice will be done in Uttar Pradesh.… I have never done the politics of caste and religion. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will provide the maximum possible assistance to them (the riot victims).”
Mulayam, flanked by senior party leaders including chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, was responding to a question on the remarks made by RLD chief Ajit Singh that the Samajwadi was doing what Narendra Modi had done in Gujarat to polarise voters.
Ajit had earlier said: “If you go back to what Modi has done in Gujarat was basically that he did not act. He stopped police from taking any action and that is what happened in Uttar Pradesh.”
Rejecting the charge, Mulayam said his party’s government would take “such strong action that they (the culprits) will never dare to repeat it”.
Azam had stayed away from the meeting protesting against the state’s handling of the riots. The move had triggered speculation of a rift in the party.
Denying any rift, Mulayam said: “Azam Khan can never be upset with me.”