Muzaffarnagar riots: Akhilesh Yadav won`t quit as CM, says SP

The Samajwadi Party has categorically ruled out the resignation of UP CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava

Lucknow: Despite the growing clamour for Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s head over his failure to ensure communal peace in the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, the Samajwadi Party has categorically ruled out his resignation.

The Samajwadi Party has stated that Akhilesh Yadav will continue to work as the state`s Chief Minister and blamed opposition parties for sowing the seeds of mistrust, report said on Thursday.

The clarification from the UP`s ruling party came even as the Congress, BJP, BSP and various Muslim groups blamed the state government for its inept handling of the situation.

Though Muzaffarnagar seems to be slowly returning to normalcy, the region still remains tense as the party’s core constituency - the Muslims - have also joined the chorus demanding Akhilesh Yadav`s exit.
There appears to be a clear sign of tension within the party as its senior leader Azam Khan – a prominent Muslim face of the party – has stayed away from the party`s national executive meet in Agra that concludes today.

Defending the young Chief Minister, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav yesterday said that what happened in Muzaffarnagar was tragic but it was not a communal riot.

The violence occurred due to clashes between two communities, the SP chief said.
When asked if the Chief Minister will resign and accept the political accountability and moral responsibility, Advisor to UP government Madhukar Jetley said, "Akhilesh won`t quit."

"No, why should he? There is an investigation going on, there is a judicial commission that has been appointed. The action that had been taken was a reaction on the action taken by the political parties on the ground where this activity happened. Now, the remaining political parties, if they are responsible for citing communal flair up, you are ignoring that fact, asking us to resign because. What was the BSP MP doing there?"

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is also expected to hear a PIL seeking a CBI probe into the matter. The petitioners approached the court asking it to direct the Central and Uttar Pradesh governments to investigate the reason behind the clashes.

A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi has agreed to give an urgent hearing to the PIL which sought to ensure safe passage of people stuck in the clashes and follow it up with their rehabilitation.

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