"Though a case was registered and the accused
arrested, he was let off," Katiyar said, referring to the
arrest of Muslim cleric Tauqir Raza Khan.
Under the BSP government "innocents are being targeted
while the rioters are moving about freely," he alleged.
Attacking the UPA government at the Centre, he alleged
it was giving importance to vote-bank politics over internal
"The Union government is soft on terrorism and shying
away from taking firm action against it," Katiyar told
On the recent visit of Congress leader Digvijay Singh
to Azamgarh, Katiyar alleged that it was only vote-bank
appeasement policy which guided him to Sanjarpur recently.
"What is the relevance of his raising demands on
Azamgarh youth and their trial?" he asked.
Lucknow: Holding the BSP government in
Uttar Pradesh responsible for the riots in Bareilly,
newly-appointed BJP vice-president Vijay Katiyar today alleged
it proved "a complete failure" in controlling the disturbances
despite curfew being imposed in the town.
First Published: Thursday, March 18, 2010, 21:27