Condemning the communal violence in Faizabad and Barabanki districts of Uttar Pradesh, BJP today alleged that Samajwadi Party's "appeasement" politics was responsible for such incidents.
Expressing concern at the increasing frequency of such violence in the state since Akhilesh Yadav government came to power, the party alleged that "radical elements among the minority community" were involved in them and demanded stern action against the culprits.
"BJP strongly condemns the communal violence in Faizabad and Barabanki and demands stern action against the culprits who had attacked the Durga puja procession on Dussehra...More than 35 communal incidences in less than 11 months have taken place in UP after Akhilesh Yadav took over as Chief Minister.
"There is a deliberate design to create communal strife all over UP," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.
He alleged that Faizabad is not the only place in the state which has witnessed communal violence. He recalled a case of stone pelting and killing of a devotee in Badarsa on Dussehra, desecration of Durga idol in Rudoli, among other cases.
Javadekar maintained that in the last 75 days, there have been communal riots in five places in Uttar Pradesh and seven people have lost their lives.
BJP alleged that that "radical elements among the minority community" are involved in them. The Opposition said a communal atmosphere has been created in UP with the blessings of the SP government.
In Kanpur, former BJP president Rajnath Singh charged the Akhilesh Yadav Government with failing to curb the communal riots in the state
Alleging that, "Whenever the Samjwadi Party comes in power, communal riots increase", Singh said "the Samajwadi Party has failed on each and every front.... It is the duty of the elected government not to be biased against any cast, creed or religion."
Javdekar said, "What is worse is that police are unable to react even when they are attacked, leave alone taking action when attacks take place on festivities. Their hands are tied."
"It is the utter failure of the UP government to contain this sequel of deliberate and planned communal attacks.It seems that such rowdy elements have been emboldened soon after the SP government came to power in the state," Javadekar said.
BJP also claimed no chargesheet has been filed and no arrests made in such incidents. It charged that this "new militancy from the minority community" is a post-Assam violence phenomenon.
The party pointed out that a national memorial was desecrated in Mumbai while a police station was set on fire in Ghaziabad. "The man who had filed a case of desecrating the Quran is now untraceable.
"There is a method in the madness. Illegal structures in Subhash Maidan in New Delhi also prove this point of this new militancy. In Hyderabad too, radical minority elements attacked a Maha Kali temple," Javadekar alleged
He alleged that the Congress-led UPA government has also failed to act against such incidents.
It further charged that the government has not been able to confirm whether Indian Mujahideen elements are involved in these events.
"Is IM involved in these cases? IM operatives have been arrested in Delhi and for the Pune blasts. CBI and NIA have been giving this information. The Centre has failed miserably to find who are involved. All these forces should be nabbed.
"This is a serious threat to national security and there is a deliberate attempt to provoke," Javadekar said.
The Congress also condemned the communal violence in Uttar Pradesh but stopped short of attacking the Samajwadi Party government. SP is supporting the UPA government at Centre from outside.
"It is a matter of concern that the incidents of communal violence are rising in UP. We condemn such riots and expect that the administration will gear up and ensure that such riots are not repeated," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi said.