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Lok Sabha debates communal riots: Refuting Sonia Gandhi's accusations BJP says Congress-SP alliance responsible for UP riots
On the demand of the Congress, the lower house of the parliament has today started discussion on the issue of communal riots taking place in the country, especially in UP. The Congress has blamed that to get benefited in the polls BJP is disturbing the communal harmony in the country. BJP has strongly opposed the charges of the Congress party.

It was only yesterday when Congress President Sonia Gandhi while addressing a special convention organised by the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) members had accused Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre of orchestrating riots especially in UP and Maharashtra. The Congress chief said that since the time BJP has come into power, communal riots have increased in the country.

She termed the recurrence of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and other parts of the country as a 'matter of grave concern'.

Lalji TandonAttacking Sonia Gandhi for her accusation, senior BJP leader from UP, Lalji Tandon said that in Uttar Pradesh the government is of a Congress ally, which has failed to check riots. He blamed the SP-led government and the Congress for orchestrating the riots.

Lalji Tandon said, "Most of the Communal riots are taking place in UP, and in UP the government is of Congress's friend. So firstly Sonia Gandhi should think, whether it is she who is orchestrating the riots in UP to defame BJP, because the riots have started before BJP came into the power and the friendship between SP and Congress is very old. If the government (SP govt) is not able to stop the riots, then it means that somewhere it is supporting the rioters. In UP the government is of SP and Congress is a supporting partner."

Rajesh DixitRajesh Dixit, National Secretary of Samajwadi Party, supporting the charges of Sonia Gandhi against BJP said that BJP was always involved in riots and now it is doing so to divide the community and to create communal divide and to gain from it.

"BJP has been from day one, even before the elections, was involved in riot and violence between the communities and riot like situations in UP particularly. And even at that time when Congress was in power we used to say this in a very loud voice, but Congress did not agree to that. But now that congress has lost elections and BJP has come to power, so now they are echoing our voice," said Rajesh Dixit.

Mohammed SalimCPI(M) spokesperson Mohammed Salim while slamming the BJP-led government said that its a systematic and designed polarization that is taking place in the country.

"Yes its (Sonia Gandhi's accusation) true, CPI(M) was telling it before hand, that with the rise of the Hindutva forces particularly the BJP and RSS compiled 'Sangh Parivar', there is systematically and designed polarization taking place. Though its a low intensity communal tension and occasional occurrence of violence in particular areas where election is going to be held in a while. If we see, who is getting the benefits of these communal rights, then its BJP, which is the single beneficiary of these communal rights," said Mohammed Salim.

New entrant in the politics, the Aam Aadami Party, has however blamed both the BJP and the Congress for rise in riots.

Deepak BajpaiDeepak Bajpai, a spokesperson for AAP said, "The main issues the country is facing are corruption, mis-governance and communalisation. These people barely do anything on these three issues. They just talk rubbish. Sonia Gandhi's party was in power for last 10 years, and they have ample opportunities to do what they wanted to do, they did not do anything. So, I don't think Sonia Gandhi has any moral authority to say anything to BJP. Both are same, BJP and Congress are no different, they are two widgets of the same coin. I think all the political parties should concentrate on the national agenda and should bring good governance."

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