Violence won`t have reoccurred had UP govt acted fairly: Rajnath Singh

BJP president Rajnath Singh on Thursday termed the recent violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district as unfortunate.

New Delhi: Lashing out at UP government over fresh communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, the BJP on Thursday said it would not have happened had the authorities taken severe and unbiased action against those responsible for last month`s riots.

The party, which has been accused by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for trying to communalise the state for electoral gains, said such blame game would only worsen the situation and asked the Samajwadi Party government to make efforts to win the confidence of all sections of society.

"The trouble begins when such sad and unfortunate incidents are politicised. It only exacerbates matters and they go from bad to worse. I think if severe action was taken against those responsible for violence earlier....”

"If just and fair action was taken, then the violence would not have been repeated. UP government should understand this," BJP president Rajnath Singh told a news agency.

He appealed to people in UP, especially in western districts, to do their best to maintain peace and harmony and foster mutual brotherhood.

"I appeal to people to maintain peace and order and expect that the government will take such actions that won`t not allow anybody to raise a question mark over its fairness," the BJP chief said.

Three persons were killed last night in communal violence in a Muzaffarnagar, where riots last month had left 62 people dead and rendered thousands homeless.

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