New Delhi, Sept. 18: BJP president Rajnath Singh has demanded that Uttar Pradesh be brought under central rule.
The provocation was an undercover operation by a TV channel that purportedly showed the Samajwadi Party’s senior minister, Azam Khan, instructing a cop to “go slow” on controlling the Muzaffarnagar riots. Khan rubbished the charge, saying, if proven, he was ready to face the “harshest punishment”.
Rajnath said: “The Uttar Pradesh government has no right to continue in power. We demand its early dismissal. The Centre should take into account the facts disclosed by the sting operation and conduct a thorough probe.”
Briefing the media, the BJP spokesperson and Rajnath’s political secretary, Sudanshu Trivedi, directed questions at the Centre, Prime Minister, Uttar Pradesh chief minister and campaigners of secularism.
Trivedi asked: “When everything has been clearly exposed, is the Centre ready to act? It looks like there is match-fixing between the Congress and the Samajwadi to go slow and sympathise with one section of the population. There is no substantial evidence against the BJP leaders and yet the state government was quick to register cases against them. The Samajwadi has a lopsided view of the violence. Its chief (Mulayam Singh Yadav) claimed these were casteist riots, his minister (Azam Khan) says the opposite.”
Trivedi then went on to ask: “I also have a question to the organisations that went hammer and tongs at the Gujarat government (after 2002). Their silence on Muzaffarnagar is shocking, smacks of their prejudices against the BJP and the Gujarat government and shows their campaigns are not prompted by a sense of justice but are politically motivated.”