He demanded immediate intervention by Centre in Uttar Pradesh to check communal violence alleging that a nexus between BJP and SP was fuelling it and claimed that some Congress leaders were hobnobbing with Samajwadi Party.

"UP is burning. BJP and SP have joined hands. What is the Centre doing? Mulayam Singh Yadav can get me killed anytime. No other leader from Congress is speaking against him except me," he said.

Verma, a former friend and colleague of Mulayam, has been attacking Yadav for the last few months putting Congress in an embarrassing position as UPA is being supported from outside by SP.

Asking Congress to discharge its responsibility to stop violence there, Verma alleged that some of the Congress leaders are also "fixed" by ruling Samajwadi Party in UP but refused to name anyone.

"I will not take their names. Sonia Gandhi has also said that it is Congress, which causes the defeat of Congress," he said.

The senior Congress leader and Union Steel Minister said after Muzaffarnagar riots, now it is a joint "sponsored" operation in Meerut by BJP and SP.

Twenty persons were injured after clashes had broken out in Meerut during a mahapanchayat organized to protest slapping of National Security Act against BJP MLA Sangeet Som in connection with the Muzaffarnagar riots.

Verma alleged the violence was not possible without connivance of Mulayam Singh and BJP. He alleged that Mulayam Singh had earlier hobnobbed with BJP senior leader LK Advani for demolition of Babri mosque and helped Narendra Modi to win election in Gujarat post-Godhara riots.

He said that SP had fielded candidates in minority-dominated areas in Gujarat to cut into secular votes and helped Modi win the elections. "SP is not comfortable with Congress but has no problems if BJP comes to power in Delhi (Centre) and they remain in Lucknow. They (SP) want BJP to win Delhi," he claimed.

Verma said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has initiated steps for crime-free politics without being bothered about the fate of former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad and former Minister of State for Health and Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood.

Rahul had called the controversial Ordinance that seeks to protect convicted lawmakers by negating a Supreme Court order as a "complete nonsense" and said that it should be "torn up and thrown away."

At the AICC briefing, party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit said, "Beniji has been told many times that if he has to say anything, then he should say it at the party fora. Ask Beniji what he has said," Dikshit said.


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