UP government slammed over communal clashes



Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday came under fire from the opposition parties, a day after communal clashes in Faizabad and Barabanki areas left nine people injured.

Angry opposition leaders accused the Samajwadi Party-led government of being "a complete failure" in maintaining law and order and communal harmony.

Leader of opposition in the assembly and Bahujan Samaj Party leader Swamy Prasad Maurya called Wednesday's incidents as a "complete law and order machinery break down".

He said that the government led by Akhilesh Yadav had proved "not only to be a non-performer but also one that was detrimental for the state".

Vijay Pathak, spokesman of the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said that repeated communal tensions in the state were ominous and should be contained immediately.

The BJP also blamed the minority appeasement policies of the government for the communal strife.

Akhilesh Yadav however remained unfazed by the criticism and said that some people were out to destroy the communal harmony and peace and assured strict action against trouble makers.

Yadav was responding to queries of media persons after chairing a cabinet meeting.

He said "police were acting firmly against the trouble makers and in future they would be dealt with more sternly".

IANS