Assembly Polls 2017: UP CM Akhilesh Yadav Holds Rally In Riot-Hit Muzaffarnagar
In his first set of political rallies in Muzaffarnagar since the 2013 riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday made little reference to the communal violence that swept the region that year, which left at least 65 dead and thousands homeless. Instead, Akhilesh chose to attack the BJP and highlight the recently completed alliance with the Congress. In speeches in Kairana and Khatauli, demonetisation, the budget and allegations of mass migration from western UP found ample mention. With his government unable to control the violence in 2013 for at least the first three days, Akhilesh said he felt “very sad”.Akhilesh added “communal forces” had ruined “the brotherhood” between Hindus and Muslims. Muzaffarnagar goes to polls on February 11, in the first of the seven-phase UP elections.