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Modi misses felicitation of riot-accused MLAs by BJP

<p>The BJP on Thursday felicitated three of its MLAs accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots with turbans and garlands, but took care to do it ahead of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's arrival at the venue.</p>

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Updated:November 21, 2013, 8:54 PM IST
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Modi misses felicitation of riot-accused MLAs by BJP
<p>The BJP on Thursday felicitated three of its MLAs accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots with turbans and garlands, but took care to do it ahead of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's arrival at the venue.</p>

The BJP on Thursday felicitated three of its MLAs accused in the Muzzafarnagar riots with turbans and garlands, but took care to do it ahead of prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's arrival at the venue.

The MLAs - Sangeet Som, Suresh Rana and Sudhir Baliyan - were honoured with by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kalraj Mishra and state party chief Lakshmikant Bajpayi during the party's 'Vijay Shankhnaad' rally at Agra's Kothi Meena Bazar area.

Rana and Som were accused by the state government of inciting violence in Muzaffarnagar, leading to riots that killed 63 people and displaced thousands.

The National Security Act (NSA) was slapped on them but they were let off by the state advisory council which did not find enough grounds for the charges to stick. The two MLAs are currently on bail. Baliyan is also an accused but was not jailed.

Modi perhaps did not want to be photographed with the MLAs to avoid attack from the Congress.

The BJP felicitated the three MLAs claiming they were falsely accused of inciting the riots.

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