Lucknow: In remarks that are likely to trigger a row, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said how can there be a good law and order in Uttar Pradesh when its population is more than 21 crore.
When reporters asked the party chief about law and order problems in UP during a press conference here, Yadav attempted to draw a parallel between the state and Delhi.
He said,"don`t compare UP with Delhi. UP is ten times larger than the national capital. But in comparison to UP, Delhi has got ten times more crime."
"How can you expect a better law and order in a state with 21 crore population," Yadav said.
His comments have come at a time when the state government is facing severe criticism for its "lacklustre" approach in handling Muzzafarnagar riots and its aftermath.
On February 5, the government told Rajya Sabha that a maximum of 247 communal violence-related incidents, which claimed 77 lives, took place in Uttar Pradesh in 2013.
UP also recorded a maximum of 360 people being injured in these incidents during 2013.
The state also registered a maximum of 118 communal incidents during 2012 in which 39 people were killed and 500 were injured.
The information was provided by Minister of State for Home R P N Singh in a written reply.