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Mulayam riot bill fire at Cong

Lucknow, Feb. 7: Mulayam Singh Yadav today questioned the Congress’s secular credentials over its failure to table the anti-riot bill but didn’t say if he would reverse his practice of not fielding candidates against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul.

“The Congress was never truly secular. I am shocked it hastily decided not to table the bill as the BJP was opposed to it,” he said.

The Samajwadi boss and chief minister-son Akhilesh have faced criticism over the Muzaffarnagar riots. Today, Mulayam argued Uttar Pradesh had acted swiftly but stressed the need for a “strong law at the national level”.

Although harsh on the Congress, Mulayam didn’t seem as strident on Rahul and Sonia. Asked if his party would field candidates against the duo, he said: “The Congress didn’t field candidates against me and my daughter-in-law Dimple in 2009. Let’s see.”