STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 12 September
Battle of words between key political parties over the disturbing episode in Muzaffarnagar is intensifying.    
The fast-approaching Lok Sabha elections have actually given urgency to this raging blame-game politics as the stakes are high for all political players in UP, the country’s most electorally-significant state.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Mr Rahul Gandhi will visit Muzaffarnagar next week to meet the victims and assess the situation. 
This was today announced by the Congress general secretary in-charge of UP affairs, Mr Madhusudan Mistry. The Lok Sabha constituencies of both Mrs Gandhi and Rahul are in UP. 
Mr Mistry has accused the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, for being allegedly hand-in-glove in hatching the “conspiracy” behind the Muzaffarnagar communal riots. Blaming the SP for its alleged inept handling of the violence, BJP president Mr  Rajnath Singh today again sought the Centre’s intervention, saying that President’s rule should be imposed in UP.
RLD chief and Union Minister, Mr Ajit Singh,  kept his guns trained on the SP over the riots, alleging that Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav has become the “Narendra Modi of UP”. 
Miss Mayawati has also accused the SP and the BJP for being allegedly responsible for the communal riots. The Congress however has downplayed the demand of President’s rule, saying the need of the hour was to restore the grim situation to normality.