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Faith clashes rise in BJP states too.

THE NDA government at the Centre is taking credit for a dip in the incidents of communal strife in the country, but the data released by the Ministry of Home Affairs ( MHA) shows that BJP led states are among the worst performers in curbing communal disharmony. Other than Uttar Pradesh, that has traditionally seen the highest incidents of communal violence, there has been a surge of communally charged incidents in BJP- led states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Madhya Pradesh till Octoberend recorded 86 incidents this year, a huge increase from 56 in 2014. Maharashtra with 97 incidents in 10 months has matched its figure of 2014 and by the end of the year is expected to surpass it. Jharkhand is another BJPruled state where the numbers have gone up drastically from 10 in 2014 to 24 till October 2015.

The numbers are significant in view of Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju's written reply in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The numbers stated by him also show that the incidents of communal violence in the first 10 months this year have increased marginally.

While toll is 650 this year till October, in 2014 the number recorded was 644. In 2012, 668 incidents took place and 2013 with 823 incidents was the worst in recent years.

However, BJP- ruled states like Gujarat and Rajasthan have done well to ensure that number of communal incidents come down.

Gujarat recorded 47 incidents this year compared to 74 last year.

While numbers have come down in Rajasthan with 54 incidents, it has fared better than last year when 72 such incidents took place. But the two states are among those where a high number of incidents of communal violence have occurred.

UP like other years is the worst performer with 139 incidents till October, surpassing last year's tally of 133.

Karnataka is one of the non- BJP- led states where the numbers have increased from 73 last year to 79 this year. Bihar is another non- BJP state that has not done too well in combating communal hatred with 59 incidents this year as compared to 61 in 2014.

Replying to queries in Lok Sabha, Rijiju said the responsibility of dealing with communal violence rests primarily with the respective state government.

" It has been brought out in various fora, the prevailing communal situation in the country does not indicate existence of alleged intolerance in the country," he said in a written reply.

Rijiju said the number of communal incidents in the country have been and 644 in 2014.

Rijiju said to maintain communal harmony in the country, the Centre assists the state governments and Union territory administrations in a variety of ways like sharing of information, sending alert messages and advisories and sending central armed police forces personnel besides others.

Total 2012: 668 2013: 823 2014: 644 2015: 650 ( Till October) BJP- RULED STATES MP 2015 ( Till October): 86 2014: 56 Maharashtra 2015 ( Till October) : 97 2014: 97 Jharkhand 2015 ( Till October) : 24 2014: 10 Uttar Pradesh is the worst- hit state with 139 incidents till Oct, as compared to 133 in 2014 COMMUNAL VIOLENCE

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Date:Dec 2, 2015

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