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Sonia, Rahul to visit riot-hit Muzaffarnagar next week

Lucknow, Sep 12 (): In order to take stock of the situation in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit the area next week.

Making a demand of strict action against the persons involved in the Muzaffarnagar violence, Congress general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in the state, Madhusudan Mistry said that government will take severe action against the people who are found to instigate violence in the area and will not allow them going guiltless whether they are workers of political parties or are public servants.

Responding to a question whether the government is planning to dismiss the state government, Mistry said that though there are many reasons for the Centre to dismiss a state government, it has no such ideas at present. Blaming the BJP members from Gujarat to have prompted the violence in the area, Mistry said that in the run-up to elections, Gujarat government first left off minor incidents go scot-free and at a later stage when things went worse, they gave it the shape of communal riots.

The Minister also denied accepting that there had been no riots in Gujarat since 2002. Discussing about the riots in Gujarat since 2002, Mistry claimed that after 2002, 52 people have been killed in Gujarat in such incidents.

Meanwhile, criticizing the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Ajit Singh who was detained on Thursday on his way to Muzaffarnagar, said that Yadav is trying to make every use of the present situation in Muzaffarnagar giving a shape of communal violence to become the Narendra Modi of his state.

Mulayam is trying to make the incident a Hindu-Muslim issue, said the RLD leader. He further added that due to total collapse of law and order in the state, anti-social elements are taking advantages of the situation.