reports of hooliganism by Samajwadi Party supporters in several parts of
the state, party president Akhilesh Yadav Friday accused "mischief makers"
and state government officials of trying to sully the SP's name following
its triumph in the assembly polls.
Contradicting reports that SP
workers were indulging in violence, Akhilesh Yadav blamed the present set
of officials of being behind the incidents and rumour mongering. He
alleged that officials of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) led government,
which was defeated earlier this week, were spreading canards about the SP
"as they knew they are on their way out".
he gave a clean chit to party workers in the incidents of violence
attributed to them. The SP president also said the incidents of violence
were "politically conspired". "This is just absurd. Will we be held
responsible for every law and order situation in the state?" his close
aide asked, talking to IANS.
On Tuesday, the day the SP swept to
power in the state, celebratory fire in Sambhal left a 13-year-old boy
dead. In Firozabad, SP workers pelted stones at policemen and injured one
man, who died the next day of a gunshot wound. On Wednesday, a group of
reporters was held hostage in Jhansi on Wednesday.
clarification comes following reports that SP workers set on fire a
hutment at Sitapur, where supporters of an Independent candidate lived.
According to reports, the incident took place at Babna village in Sitapur
where supporters of the newly elected SP legislator Mahendra Kumar Singh
are alleged to have beaten up Independent candidate Shiv Kumar Gupta and
then set the huts of his supporters on fire.
Gupta has alleged
that the SP workers were angry about his supporters not voting the SP.
Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had earlier chided party workers in
Saifai, his native village, and asked them not to go overboard and dent
the party's image.