New Delhi: Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who has been attacking Mulayam Singh Yadav, hit out at at the SP leader on Monday over communal violence in Uttar Pradesh and claimed there was threat to his life as he was the only Congress leader speaking against Mulayam.
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 told reporters.
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.
He had earlier kicked up a row by saying that the SP chief was not even fit to sweep the Prime Minister's residence, drawing instant rebuke from the Congress.
Asking Congress to discharge its responsibility to stop violence there, Verma today 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 stressing, "central government should take tough measures else it cannot escape the blame if UP is destroyed."
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, "else how could a mob of 20,000 gather there despite prohibitory orders by the administration".