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Blame game starts over Saharanpur violence

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New Delhi: Political blame game has begun over the violence in Saharanpur with Congress accusing the UP government of “administrative lapse” while BJP alleged that Samajwadi Party was indulging in “vote-bank politics.”

Reacting to the charges, Samajwadi Party said there was an effort to “disrupt peace in the State” and that there was “no place for communalism, anti-social elements.” SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said that if the Opposition tried to do politics on the issue, then the law will take its own course.

Blaming the local authorities for “administrative lapse”, Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that if it was a fact that there was a court judgement on the issue and police help was sought by one side, then it was the responsibility of the officials to find a solution by making both sides understand that the court order must be implemented.

“There was confrontation between two communities and a place of worship is near the police station. If it is a fact that there was a court judgement and they sought help from the police, then it was the responsibility of the police to make both the sides sit down and find a solution. But letting the dispute fester... it’s an administrative lapse and the local administration to some extent is responsible for this,” Mr. Joshi said.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, “The UP government has completely failed to run the administration in the State. The people ruling the State themselves want communal tension so that they do vote-bank politics. BJP wants amity and peace. Every person has the right to worship and nobody has the right to interfere in that. But Akhilesh Yadav’s government is weak on every front. A message has gone that there is nothing called government in the State. Whenever there are such tense situations, the government proves to be incompetent.”

Three persons were killed and 19 others, including policemen, injured in the clashes on Saturday as mobs indulged in arson after which curfew was clamped and shoot-at-sight ordered.

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