Muzaffarnagar riots were political: Ajit Singh LUCKNOW: Blaming the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the BJP, civil aviation minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Thursday said last year's riots in Muzaffarnagar were caused by political â€” and not communal â€” factors. "Both the SP and the BJP, in order to achieve their vested political interests, unleashed a reign of riots in the state," Singh told party workers and supporters at a rally in Agra. "Let me tell you that it would be unfair to term the Muzaffarnagar riots as communal. In fact, they were political riots." Singh said the law and order situation was deteriorating rapidly in Uttar Pradesh. "There's nothing called the government in the state," he said. "There're five-and-a-half chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh. This is the reason for the virtual absence of governance, which is having catastrophic effects on the day-to-day administration. The BJP is the UP's Janata Danga Party, the SP is the Goonda Party and the BSP is the Looteri Party. The people of the state have lost their faith in these parties, due to their poor track record." Raking up the issue of a proposed Harit Pradesh, the civil aviation minister said: "Western Uttar Pradesh is gradually losing on the development front and, without the formation of Harit Pradesh, development would only elude the western part of the state." He claimed Harit Pradesh would become the most prosperous state in the country. The RLD chief criticised the state government for the delay in the construction of Agra airport. Agra will have an airport despite the state government's strong-arm tactics, he said. RLD general secretary and Mathura MP Jayant Chaudhary also addressed the rally. He said after the return of the SP in the state, hooliganism in administration and the state machinery had become more evident. Chaudhary criticized the state government for its "dual approach" on the matter of giving scheduled caste (SC) status to the Dhangar community. "If the Dhangars are not included in the SC list, the party will launch a massive agitation at the national level to give justice to them," he said. Chaudhary reiterated the RLD's stand of establishing a bench of the Allahabad high court in western UP. "Today, people from western UP have to go almost 500 km far for seeking justice," he said. Taking a jibe at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Chaudhary said: "Swelling one's chest to 56 inches or 46 inches using air would not serve any purpose as far as running the country or the state is concerned." Muzaffarnagar riots were political: Ajit Singh - The Times of India ********************************************** Poor Ajita! This riot has made him irrelevant to the context in Western UP and with the volatile churn in the political scene, his future looks bleak. Therefore, he has to make thing appear that he is in command of the the issue. 2014 will be one of the most exciting and nail biting elections and of that there is no doubt of that.