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Mayawati vows to root out crime, favours quota for backward class

Tuesday 15 May 2007

Lucknow, May 13 (PTI): Uttar Pradesh’s new Chief Minister, Mayawati, today gave a stern message to her opponents that the BSP government would not brook communal violence and withdraw security of "criminal elements" and came out in support of reservations for economically backward sections.

In a clear reference to the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav’s government, she announced that all the decisions taken by it since February after the elections were declared have been scrapped and a probe ordered into it.

"All investigations into these decisions will be done without any political vendetta," the BSP supremo said, but made it clear that no leniency will be shown against the guilty.

The Industrial Development Council set up by the previous government will be scrapped and a new policy evolved.

Her top priority will be to establish an injustice-free, fear-free, crime-free, corruption-free and development-oriented government, Mayawati said.

"Law and order will be established. Life and property of people belonging to all religions will be protect and nobody will be allowed to indulge in violence in the name of religion," she said.

"Goonda tax will not be allowed to be extracted as was done during the SP government," Mayawati said, adding that a special drive will be launched to track down criminal elements and end the jungle raj.

"Security given to criminal elements will be withdrawn and they will be behind bars where they should be," she said.

In keeping with her new social engineering, she said she favoured reservation for poor among the upper castes along with the weaker sections.

See online : The Hindu

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