Sunday, September 15, 2013

Akhilesh govt under fire as PM, Sonia visit Muzaffarnagar today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be on a day's visit to riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar on Monday.

The trip comes a day after chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's visit to the area. The Prime Minister would be visiting Shahpura and its adjoining areas to meet the affected people.

A massive security system has been put in place for the visit in the Muzaffarnagar-Shamli area.

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While additional director general (security) OP Singh and other senior officers are camping out in Muzaffarnagar, the government has also deployed 42 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary and three teams of the Anti-Terror Squad.

UPCC president Nirmal Khatri, meanwhile, has assailed the government for failing to control the violence quickly. In a statement, Khatri said even the government had not been able to provide assistance to the affected people at various relief centres.

He also accused the ruling Samajwadi Party of being hand-in-glove with the BJP in vitiating the communal atmosphere in the state.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh assembly session beginning today is likely to be a stormy one as the opposition gets ready to attack the state government over the Muzaffarnagar communal violence and other issues.

Indicting that the government would draw fire in the House, Leader of opposition Swami Prasad Maurya assailed parliamentary affairs minister Mohd Azam Khan for his absence at the house advisory committee meeting on Sunday to finalise the four-day agenda of the assembly. Khan was away in Rampur.

"Never in the past have I seen the parliamentary affairs minister staying away from the advisory committee meeting," Maurya said.

Besides the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would raise the plight of people in flood affected regions and the acute power crisis in the state, he said.

The party would expose the failure of the government to quickly control the communal violence which had claimed at least 47 lives, he added.

Leader of opposition in the Upper House (Vidhan Parishad) Naseemuddin Siddiqui also said they would put the government on the mat on the Muzaffarnagar issue.

Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey sought the leaders' cooperation in smooth functioning of the House.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pradeep Mathur said the communal violence issue was on the agenda of the party. Dalbir Singh (RLD) demanded a CBI probe into the violence.

While the BSP, Congress and RLD leaders were present at the house advisory committee meeting and all-party meeting convened by the speaker, the BJP boycotted the all-party meeting.

Referring to the absence of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Azam Khan from the advisory committee meeting, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said: "This is the first time that such scant regard for the speaker has been shown by the ruling party. The CM could have chosen to visit Muzaffarnagar either before or after attending the meeting. And then what about the parliamentary affairs minister?"

Bajpai also indicated the BJP would register its strong protest at the manner in which the government had "dithered on law and order, failed to do justice to all and has been failing miserably on all fronts".
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