UP riots unparallel to Godhra riots: Mulayam, assures justice
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is under fire over the communal riots in UP as his party is in the power, today rejected any parallel with 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat and promised “justice” for victims and “strict action” against the guilty.
Congress and RLD have alleged that a Gujarat is being sought to be played out in UP while attacking both SP and BJP over the communal flare-up.
Talking with journalists, at the conclusion of his party’s National Executive meeting here, Yadav said, “There was no justice in Gujarat but justice will be done in UP. I have never done the politics of caste and religion. Strict action will be taken against the guilty. We will provide the maximum possible assistance to them (the riot victims),” he said.
He was responding to a question on the remarks of RLD chief Ajit Singh that SP was doing what Modi had done in Gujarat to polarize votes. Singh had earlier said that Modi did not act. He stopped police from taking any action.”
The SP chief refused to get into the allegations that politics was behind the riots, saying, “We will not engage in politics regarding it. Deaths have happened. We will not do politics on it,” he said.