Questioning Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement in Agra on Tuesday that the state government  had done well to control the riots, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that with 38 dead and several injured and the army being called in for the first time in two decades, "what else was administrative failure?"

"These are one of the worst communal clashes in recent times and yet the Samajwadi Party chief chose to pat the state government. It leaves little to be said," the BJP spokesman said.

He also criticized Mulayam Singh Yadav for calling the communal clashes a "caste conflict". The BJP on Tuesday met Governor BL Joshi and sought his intervention in improving law and order in the state. The party's national leadership has demanded dismissal of the Akhilesh Yadav government over the communal clashes.

The party has rallied behind Kairana legislator Hukum Singh who is the BJP legislature party's leader in the state assembly after the district administration booked him for his role in the riot.

(Agencies)

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