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Voters should teach lesson to political parties which allegedly sponsored Muzaffarnagar riots
Just when it appeared that Samajwadi Party government had handled the 84 Kosi Parikrama incident quite well and had emerged as a hero in the eyes of Muslims, Muzaffarnagar riots erupted. It has painted the UP government in a very bad light.

There was communal tension in the air in Muzaffarnagar for more than ten days. Muslim leaders had already met Mulayam Singh and requested him on September 1 for paramilitary forces to be posted there. Thirty-eight people have died in the riots, many more have injured, thousands displaced and there have been a huge loss of property.

Socialist Party, National Alliance of People's Movement (NAPM) and Rihai Manch have condemned Muzaffarnagar riots and tactics of communal polarisation by BJP and SP.

While Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended because of a minor act which did not provoke any communal tension, we're yet to see action against any high ranking official in Muzaffarnagar. So far only two SHOs have been suspended.

If a huge mahapanchayat is allowed to be held in which people came armed, when section 144 was in implementation, then it shows complicity of the administration. At what level the decision was taken to allow the mahapanchayat to be held? Obviously, it couldn't have been the two suspended SHOs, who allowed the same. Responsibility will have to be fixed and action must be taken against the guilty officer(s).

The mahapanchayat was dominated by BJP leaders who gave provocative speeches. Sangh parivar played a crucial role in mobilisation. It couldn't have been Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) alone. Currently when the BKU is not able to organise farmers on their own issues in such a large number. Then why would the farmers assemble on a communal issue?

It couldn't have happened without the communal machinery of RSS at work. The question is when the Sangh parivar leaders are clearly identified, who added fuel to fire, then why are they being spared? What is the Samajwadi Party government afraid of?

While communal riots have taken place earlier also in this SP regime but none was so bad as this one in terms of giving the rioters free hand and clear involvement of the BJP leaders. Is it a coincidence that the communal atmosphere has suddenly worsened since the arrival of Narendra Modi on national scene?

It is a speculation that Modi was testing the waters in Ayodhya through the 84 Kosi parikrama. It became clear very soon that Ayodhya issue can't be milked any more in the same manner as in post-masjid demolition phase. But the 84 Kosi parikrama did serve the purpose of charging the cadre. Now the energies of this cadre have been used in Muzaffarnagar.

The polarization has been completed. Some of the traditional vote bank of Ajit Singh has shifted to BJP, at least for the time being and possibly till next election. Mulayam Singh's calculation may be that while his rival RLD would weaken, the gain for BJP may not be enough to convert into seats.

He, of course, is still counting on counter-mobilisation of Muslims in his favour. This strategy of weakening your rivals to strengthen yourself may backfire if things go out of control. It is sad that parties like SP and BJP have brought back the politics of riots in full fledged manner. They are playing with fire while innocents are paying a price with their lives.

We strongly condemn the communalisation of politics and hope that people will teach lesson to the parties that are involved in spreading communal tension in the state in the upcoming elections.

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