SP accuses BJP of trying to destablise UP govt

Under fire for the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Monday blamed the BJP, and specifically its president Amit Shah, for crossing the limit and trying to destabilise the Uttar Pradesh government.

“The home minister should tell his party president to stop giving threats (to SP workers) and trying to destabilise the UP government,” SP leader Ramgopal Yadav said in the Rajya Sabha, participating in a discussion on the functioning of the home ministry.

Without taking Shah’s name, the SP leader said the BJP president – who was in-charge of Uttar Pradesh – was crossing the limit. 

Reeling out several statistics, Yadav tried to dispel the notion that Uttar Pradesh was particularly poor when it came to law and order. He also blamed the media for propagating a distorted image of the state, ruled by SP since 2012.

Yadav, however, admitted that there are two lakh vacancies in the state police, which could be one of the reasons for the declining situation. As per government records, Uttar Pradesh has seen the maximum number of communal clashes since Akhilesh Yadav took over as the chief minister.

The Samajwadi Party leader’s comments came a day before the Lok Sabha is slated to discuss the incidents of communal violence as demanded by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi last week.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh said a communally-charged atmosphere was being created in the entire country at the behest of the RSS.

“The government should not have a religion. The government is for all religions,” said the Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad.

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