Top SP leaders, senior officials hold meet to take stock of the situation

With the Opposition parties mounting an offensive on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and demanding the dismissal of his Government in the wake of the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh summoned his son and senior officials to take stock of the situation on Sunday. Violence in the Western U.P. town and adjoining areas had clearly rung alarm bells in the Samajwadi Party Government.

Apart from the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Javed Usmani, Principal Secretary (Home ) RM Srivastava and some Ministers from Western U.P. were said to have been present in the meeting held at Mr. Singh’s Vikramaditya Marg residence here. The outcome of the meeting is not known, but sources said that the SP chief gave strict instructions to his son and the officials on taking every possible measure to control the situation from deteriorating further.

The Opposition onslaught on the Akhilesh Yadav Government was led by the Rashtriya Lok Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party, who have demanded the dismissal of the Government and the imposition of President’s Rule in Uttar Pradesh. The RLD president and the Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said in a statement released on Sunday that communal riots in Muzaffarnagar have exposed the “weak, ineffective and careless Government”. Mr. Singh accused the SP Government for “instigating the riots from the backdoor”. The RLD president said that there have been more than 100 cases of communal violence in the State since the Samajwadi Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh.

Mr. Ajit Singh slammed the SP Government for failing to act against political leaders who have been instigating the people with hate speeches. The RLD chief accused the SP Government of dividing the people on communal lines.

The Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly and senior BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya has also demanded the Government’s resignation. Talking to reporters, Mr. Maurya and former Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui charged the Government with indulging in politics of communalism.

Taking pot shots at the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman Manoj Mishra said Mr. Mulayam Singh’s meeting underlined the failure of the Government and suggested that he has now taken charge.

Criticism also came in from the Communist Party of India (Marxist). The member of CPM State Council, Prem Nath Rai assailed the Government for failing to take effective preventive measures in Muzaffarnagar.