Lucknow: Facing flak over law and order situation after Muzaffarnagar riots, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday the situation had to be improved to bring Uttar Pradesh on the path of all round development.
"Very soon, Uttar Pradesh would be among the states which are being discussed for development," Akhilesh said, winding up a discussion in the state Assembly on the supplementary budget totalling Rs 7,112.39 crore.
Realising that a lot of damage has been caused because of Muzaffarnagar clashes, the chief minister said "as far as law and order is concerned... There is a need to continuously work in this direction... If the image gets sullied entrepreneurs would not come forward to invest here".
Faced with continued attacks by opposition parties over dozens of minor and major riots, including Muzaffarnagar, taking place during the Samajwadi Party, Akhilesh tried to counter the claims that law and order situation was better during the previous Mayawati government.
"This is not what I am saying....This is what the figures of Union Home ministry says.... Maximum riots took place in the state in 2007-2008 and 2008-2009", he said.
The chief minister`s mention of law and order during Mayawati government drew a sharp reaction from leader of opposition and BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya to which parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan retorted by asking him not to interrupt.
The recent communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas claimed 47 lives and displaced over 40,000 people.