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UTTAR PRADESH

BJP too wants Mulayam sacked

Sunday 3 December 2006

Even as Uttar Pradesh Governor T V Rajeshwar called on Home Minister Shivraj Patil amidst speculation about the fate of the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government, the BJP joined chorus for the removal of the SP regime in the state. Sushma Swaraj, the BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, led a 16-member delegation of senior party leaders from the state to President A P J Abdul Kalam here this evening to petition him for the dismissal of Mulayam.

A situation has arisen where the “government in the state cannot be carried in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”, the BJP leaders said in their memorandum to the President, asking him to sack Mulayam to ensure free and fair Assembly polls. The delegation included senior leader Kalraj Mishra, party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, general secretary Vinay Katiyar, state president Keshari Nath Tripathi and MP Santosh Gangwar. Party president Rajnath Singh was slated to lead the team, but he had to leave for Kolkata suddenly.

Listing the string of political murders, the BJP leaders said life, liberty and property of citizens was not safe in UP. “Rather, it is at the mercy or criminals and mafia, who are virtually ruling the state.” They said murders were being committed on the premises of courts, jails, police stations, educational institutions and markets.

The state, they contended, had seen many riots during Mulayam-rule. “In case of the Mau riots, which were the worst, all accused had been acquitted because witnesses had turned hostile for want of police protection.” The bureaucracy and police, they felt, were totally demoralised.

The memorandum said, “UP has become a safe heaven for terrorists and ISI agents.” As many as 34 of the 70 districts had become “sensitive” and the state Government had refused to implement the ban on SIMI.

The BJP claimed the SP regime was busy forming special police teams to rig the coming Assembly polls. Officers were being transferred where they could help SP candidates, the party claimed calling for the elections to be held under President’s rule.

Earlier in the day, Governor Rajeshwar briefed Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the law and order scenario in the state ahead of the Assembly polls. The meeting is also understood to have discussed the recent violence in Maharashtra.

See online : The Indian Express

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