NEW DELHI, 21 SEPT: Hours after a few BJP leaders were arrested in Uttar Pradesh for precipitating violence in Muzzaffarnagar, the BJP President Mr Rajnath Singh was today denied permission to visit the riot-hit areas even as he accused the Samajwadi Party government of selectively targeting his party leaders.
He also charged the the SP of spreading riots in Uttar Pradesh whenever it comes to power in the state and said a BJP delegation would meet President Pranab Mukherjee next week to give him an account of the prevailing situation in riot-hit areas.
“I wanted to meet the families of the victims and take stock of the situation. But the district administration denied me permission saying my visit is not possible in the present circumstances,” he told reporters here.
In a fax letter sent to the BJP president&’s office, the DM had urged him “not to pay a visit” to the area as it could disturb calm and peace that is prevailing in the area after a string of violent clashes and incidents since 7 September, sources said.
The BJP chief said the recent sting operation carried by a news channel has proved that those in power in UP had a role in sparking of the tension and violence.
“The SP and the BSP want to gain mileage out of the prevailing situation in UP in the Lok Sabha elections,” he alleged.
Mr Rajnath said a committee has been set up under BJP Legislature Party leader in UP, Mr Hukum Singh to prepare a report on the situation in riot-hit areas and the damage caused by the violence. “We will hand over the report to the President when we meet him on 24 September. BJP MLAs from UP will also be part of the delegation,” he said.
Asked why he chose to heed to the request of the district administration and cancelled his visit, Mr Rajnath said, “While I have decided not to go, I condemn the approach of the district administration and the state government.”. Mr Hukum Singh also rubbisshed suggestions that he was booked by the police for delivering a hate speech at a mahapanchayat of a particular