New Delhi: Drawing a parallel between communal violence in western UP and 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, Congress on Friday said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has "no right to continue" as the state government "failed miserably" to control the riots in Muzaffarnagar.
Terming Mujaffarnagar riots as "one of most deplorable acts of modern India during recent times", party spokesperson PC Chacko said "it is almost like revisiting Gujarat riots 2002 again".
Alleging the state government "failed miserably" to take preventive action, he said the incidents in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas show "total failure" of the state government and hence "the state government has no right to continue in the light of these incidents".
He made it clear that he was not advocating the imposition of President`s rule in the state and that "these two are entirely different things... sacking of a government is an entirely different matter."
Asked whether the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to Muzaffarnagar was only symbolic, Chacko shot back, "going there and suspending the government? We did not mean that."
Replying to a volley of questions as to what prompted him to compare the Muzaffarnagar riots with those in Gujarat, he said "because both are riots. Whenever any communal riots happen, there is carnage. Is it not?"
Chacko said that besides those who died, there are 50 thousand people in relief camps and their condition is "not at all satisfactory" and asked the UP government to immediately create an atmosphere in which people can go back to their native villages.