UP violence: Mayawati, Ajit Singh blame SP, BJP

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New Delhi: BSP chief Mayawati and RLD leader Ajit Singh on Monday blamed ruling SP, and BJP for the violence in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh saying the two were advancing their political interests by polarising voters.
They also demanded imposition of President's rule in the state as the toll in the violence crossed 30.
"One can see the hands of BJP and SP behind this. Lok Sabha polls are near and both the parties want to give a communal colour to the polls...it is their political gameplan," Mayawati said here.
Union Minister and RLD supremo Ajit Singh, who was detained while entering the riot-hit areas on Monday, said BJP wants polarisation of votes, and "so does SP".
"Both think they will gain...why did BJP send (Amit) Shah to UP - first to Ayodhya and then Mathura," questioned Singh whose party is a UPA ally. Mayawati said both the parties are hand-in-gloves to further their political interests ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
"They wanted to disturb the communal fabric of not only the state but the entire country under the garb of (VHP's) 84 kosi yatra. But people have seen through their political gameplan which stands exposed," the BSP leader said.
Ajit Singh said since the Akhilesh Yadav government has little to show in terms of development during its rule, it is using the communal divide to get votes in the general elections.
"It is because Samajwadi Party fears the voters' ire against the government's non-performance that they have resorted to communalising the region," he said.
Both claimed that since the SP came to power in UP, the state has witnessed 100 cases of communal riots.

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