Rahul Gandhi claimed while talking to a leading daily that the incidents of communal violence in Uttar Pradesh were a part of premeditated strategy to segregate the poor people.

“Communal conflict is being artificially and deliberately engineered in our country, especially in Uttar Pradesh,” Rahul told a leading newspaper.

“This is a deliberate strategy to divide the poor of this country and pit brother against brother; to prevent people from uniting to fight the true enemy — inequality, poverty and lack of opportunity,” he added.

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh also batted for Rahul’s opinion on the spate of violent communal incidents in Uttar Pradesh, saying that the Congress vice-president was absolutely right.

Meanwhile, the BJP on Saturday hit out at Rahul’s claims, saying it was Congress which was indulging in communal politics and the statement itself reflected such intent.

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Environment Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said whatever is happening in Uttar Pradesh was because of Congress as it received support of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP).
"If any party does communal politics, it is Congress. They had alliance with Muslim League. In Hyderabad, they had tie up with MIM. Even now, in both the houses of Parliament...by discussing communal situation, their motive is to increase communal tension," Javadekar said while condemning Gandhi's statement.

The controversy erupted from Rahul’s explosive comments is unlikely to die anytime soon with both Congress and BJP vehemently firing verbal volleys at each other.

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