He alleged that there was an "unholy alliance" between ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP. At the same time, Ramesh underlined that he was not accusing Yadav of engineering the riots or equating him with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. (Agencies)
"I am absolutely shocked, disappointed, angry at his (Akhilesh's) masterly inactivity on Muzaffarnagar. Cynical, absolutely cynical, what he has done," the Rural Development Minister said.
"I am not accusing Akhilesh Yadav of engineering the riots. I am accusing Akhilesh Yadav of sleeping when the riots were happening," he said.
Elaborating on his angst against Yadav, Ramesh said, "He is the government. He is the Chief Minister. Nobody from his government goes to Muzaffarnagar. No words of solace, no words of comfort, no acts of comfort."
The Union Minister alleged that Yadav allowed his senior ministers to make all sorts of offensive and obnoxious statements. "I think Akhilesh Yadav has simply lost it,” Ramesh said.
“What he (Akhilesh) has done is inexcusable,” Ramesh said.
He said the Chief Minister decided to visit Muzaffarnagar only after the news spread that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhia and Rahul Gandhi were going there. The Chief Minister had visited the riot-hit areas on Sunday, a day ahead of the visit of the Prime Minister and Gandhis.
Ramesh attacked the Samajwadi Party describing it as the "greatest friend" of BJP in the state. "Samajwadi's greatest friend in UP is the BJP and the BJP's greatest friend in UP is Samajwadi,” he said.
"Cynical strategy on the part of the Samajwadi Party ...that the traditional alliance of the Muslims and Jats will be broken and (RLD leader and Civil Aviation Minister) Ajit Singh's influence (in Western UP) will go down and we (SP) will then emerge as the soldiers of Muslims so what if the BJP will get the Jat votes," Ramesh said.
Ramesh said that in a non-polarized atmosphere like in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Congress will get good number of seats. "When there is polarization, Samajwadi gets the bulk of the seats and the BJP gets bulk of the seats," he said.
He alleged that "there is enough evidence to show that the BJP local leaders fanned the communal riots through the social media." "And the riots were allowed to continue by Akhilesh, speaks about unholy alliance (between SP and BJP)," he added.
He alleged that there was an "unholy alliance" between ruling Samajwadi Party and BJP. At the same time, Ramesh underlined that he was not accusing Yadav of engineering the riots or equating him with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in this regard.