Even BSP was better: Digvijaya slams SP for Muzaffarnagar riots

With the army clamping curfew in Muzaffarnagar where communal clashes have killed 12 people including an IBN 7 journalist, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has said in a tweet that even Mayawati's BSP did a better job in maintaining communal harmony in the state.

"SP Govt's track record in this tenure is bad. Haven't been able to control Communal Forces in UP. Even BSP's was better,"tweeted the Congress leader, adding that he appealed to everyone in the area to "fight communal forces".

Some of his other tweets on the subject can be seen below:

 

 

The fact that the Congress general secretary has chosen to criticise the ruling UP party is interesting, given the Congress strategy of usually tiptoeing around them. But now that the monsoon session of Parliament is over, with both the food security bill and land acquisition bill safely passed, the message seems to be that the party doesn't need to pander to Mulayam Singh Yadav and turn a blind eye to the situation in UP anymore.

This would make sense for a number of reasons.

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First, with the current situation in Uttar Pradesh, there is every likelihood that a disgruntled populace will turn to Mayawati in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, and so it would not make sense for the Congress to be seen as the party that is constantly siding with Mulayam, particularly in matters of law and order in the state. In case of a close election, as this is likely to be, the Congress needs to have the option of alliance partners, and UP which sends 80 MPs in the Lok Sabha will be  key in this regard.

Furthermore, the Congress, which is already battling perceptions that it supports corruption, does not also need to be seen as the party that is also ignoring law and order issues. And with communal clashes at the forefront of the Muzaffarnagar clashes, the key Muslim votebank is also at stake.

Secondly, Mulayam Singh Yadav has already made it abundantly clear that he wants to be a part of a 'third front' which does not involve either the Congress or BJP, so there is little left to gain by backing him, since he has more or less ruled out his support in the upcoming elections.

Thirdly, as mentioned before, the Congress has got its way in Parliament - the food bill and land acquisition bill have been passed, and now it doesn't really matter what happens in the house. The party can safely bet that the chances of them being ousted by a united opposition in Parliament are very low. With all parties scrambling to get their election strategies in place, no one really wants a very early election.

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