RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s visit to Muzaffarnagar riot relief camps has invited sharp criticism from SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

“Despite all help to riot victims by the SP government, everyone is trying to play politics on the issue. Some persons reached there immediately after being released from jail. He had said he will not allow Mulayam to become Prime Minister in the past. He has said the same thing now. What’s new in it?” he said while addressing party workers on the death anniversary of SP leader Rajnarain.

He accused Mr. Prasad of siding with different parties to grab power.

“The SP men cannot leave their policies and are not (trying to) divert from them. We did not leave our policies for grabbing power like Lalu, who had sided with even BJP for power,” the Samajwadi Party chief charged.

On the Muzaffarnagar issue, he said the SP government had tried its best to compensate whatever damage was incurred during the riots.

“After independence, so many riots took place. No government has ever helped riot victims the way in which SP government has helped Muzaffarnagar riot victims. We have distributed Rs. 90 crore... The opposition parties know this but are playing politics on the issue,” he said.