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UP: Mulayam blames mass transfers for violence
April 02, 2007 15:45 IST
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday blamed the "indiscriminate" mass transfers of senior officials in the state by the Election Commission for Sunday's sectarian violence in Lucknow and Kanpur.
Addressing a series of election rallies in Mainpuri, Ferozabad and Etah, Mulayam Singh said the commission had been transferring senior officials indiscriminately.
"The newly posted officials did not get enough time to get familiar with the areas and could not prevent the violence," he claimed.
Mulayam Singh said he had appealed to Muslim leaders to sink their differences and help restore peace in the affected areas.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party had "ganged up" against his party in the ensuing Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party president alleged.
Listing the achievements of his government, Mulayam Singh said steps had been taken for the welfare of every section of society.
Mulayam Singh also referred to his party's election manifesto and said that if voted back, he would provide free power to the farmers for irrigation, free education till post graduation besides several other sops.