Lucknow: With BJP accusing ruling Samajwadi Party for rising communal violence in Uttar Pradesh, SP national general secretary Rewati Raman Singh on Sunday hit back saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah "influence" it from behind.
Singh alleged that Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, who was given the charge of handling Modi's polls campaign in Uttar Pradesh, are responsible for communal violence in the state.
"As long as they have a political interest in Uttar Pradesh, communal tension will persist, as the duo influence it from backstage," he said.
BSP chief Mayawati had last month accused both SP and BJP for fanning out communal tension in UP to further their political interest saying that both parties are "hand in glove".
She said while the situation in UP was "bad" under the rule of the Samajwadi Party, things have "worsened" after the BJP-led NDA took power at the Centre.
The July 26 clashes in Saharanpur over construction on a disputed plot of land abutting a local gurdwara had left three people dead and close to 30 injured. The five-member probe panel, set up by UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, in its report had accused local MP Raghav Lakhanpal of inciting the violence which led to an angry exchange with the saffron party.
The BJP had dismissed the UP government panel report on Saharanpur riots.