Three men who are accused of fuelling communal riots that killed more than 60 people in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar recently were on Thursday treated as ‘guests of honour’ at election rallies in the state.
BJP’s Uttar Pradesh leaders felicitated party legislators Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana with garlands at a rally, which will be addressed by Gujarat Chief Minister and party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi in Agra.
Som and Rana were arrested recently in the case and the duo spent more than a month in jail.
On the other hand, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his Chief Minister son Akhilesh Yadav addressed a rally in Bareilly on Thursday, where they shared the stage with a controversial Sunni cleric named Tauqeer Raza Khan.
Khan was arrested in 2010 for inciting riots in Bareilly during Mayawati’s tenure. The riots had led to two months of curfew in the city.
"A competition of rallies has started, but you can't match ours" said Akhilesh Yadav.
"The real fight is for the Lok Sabha election. You have to prepare for that. Our party will stop the communal forces," he added.