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Rajnath pulls up UP Govt., says Dadri case ‘unfortunate’

Lucknow: Describing the Dadri lynching incident as extremely unfortunate, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday held the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party Government responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.

“These incidents like Dadri are unfortunate and shouldn’t take place. But the Centre has certain limitations, the Constitution doesn’t allow us to directly interfere in the states,” Singh told the media here.

“We provide all the possible support to states. We also provide them forces if they ask, but law and order of a state comes under the state government and the Centre can’t intervene in it,” he added.

When asked to respond on allegations of the BJP being involved in the communal riots, Singh said that his party never indulges in communal politics.

“Some people are attempting to gain political grounds by indulging in such acts. I think one shouldn’t do that in a healthy democratic system, all political parties should try to see that peace is maintained,” he added.

In an apparent reference to the Dadri lynching incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had yesterday urged all not to make irresponsible statements for petty gains.

“I have said it earlier too. Hindus should decide whether to fight Muslims or poverty. Muslims have to decide whether to fight Hindus or poverty. Both need to fight poverty together. The country has to stay united, only communal harmony and brotherhood will take the nation forward. People should ignore controversial statements made by politicians, as they are doing so for political gains,” he said while referring to President Pranab Mukherjee’s statement to drive home his point. (ANI)