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UP CM says sedition charge against students serious, Jaitley disagrees

Mar 07, 2014 06:27 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said that the sedition case being slapped against the Kashmiri students is a serious matter. He also said that he has asked for a probe in the matter and will take action on the basis of the probe.

Speaking to CNN-IBN and IBN7 he reiterated that it is wrong to say that he did nothing to control Muzaffarnagar riots.

"UP government was not responsible for dislodging the people from relief camps. It is true that there were a lot of people who were using relief camps for political activities. World outside knows it was the BJP, which was responsible for what happened in Muzzafarnagar," he said.

Reacting to a question on doctors' strike against alleged hooliganism of the ruling SP workers he said, "the doctors' strike has been dealt with and court orders are going to be implemented. If any police officer was responsible; action will be taken."

Taking a dig at BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi he said, "country wants a secular government. I am convinced that post polls a third force will emerge stronger. Narendra Modi keeps talking about development but no one looks at our development record."

He also dismissed the pre-poll surveys saying that he was glad that opinion polls are showing us in a poor light as this would give them the energy to work.

Dodging the question that whether former SP leader Amar Singh could return to the party, Akhilesh said, "Amar Singh uncle is an old friend and well wisher of party. Mulayam Singh ji will decide on whether he should return to the SP."

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley strongly criticized actions of the Kashimiri students against whom action was taken by the UP government. In a Facebook update he said, "In the context of India-Pakistan cricket, there is nothing wrong in admiring the sporting qualities of a great cricketer irrespective of national boundaries. However, when an identified group of persons in a structured manner celebrate the Pakistani victory, it is not an innocent appreciation of the sporting qualities of Pakistan. There is a political statement in-built in such an act. The issue is not as to whether such young men can be prosecuted or not and if so under what section of the law. The issue is what is the political message that such a deliberate gesture is attempting to send.

"Obviously such a gesture creates a sense of suspicion in the minds of a very large number of people. It creates a psychological barrier where some people arouse an uncalled for suspicion about themselves. Have they realized the extent of damage they do to millions of well meaning members of their own community who may not share their perception. The argument that this reflects a sense of alienation of a certain category of people fails to convince me. On the contrary it alienates them from the national mainstream. All well-meaning Indians and in particular community members should prevail upon such misguiding young men that what they have done is to hurt themselves, hurt their community and hurt the country. It is a lose-lose game," Jaitley wrote.