Mayawati demands President's Rule

LUCKNOW: BSP vice-president Mayawati demanded on Tuesday that the Rajnath Singh government in UP besacked for ``failing on all fronts''. She also demanded imposition of President's Rule in the state. Mayawati said she would soon write to President K.R. Narayanan and raise the issue of Dalits' killing in Parliament, she said.

Speaking to mediapersons on the eve of the party's state office bearers and legislators meet, the BSP leader, in a volte face, said: ``I am not against any caste or religion but only against criminal elements in any caste.'' Ironically, Mayawati was responsible in bringing her party to the forefront by playing caste politics in the state.

Tuesday's meeting was held to decide her party's strategy for the Assembly elections. The BSP leader said that jealous of her party's increasing support base, the Congress, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party were trying toprovoke the upper castes against her party by getting Dalits killed.Mayawati said they were out to halt the upward trend in her party's popularity and also to prevent her party from coming to power on its own.

``But their gameplan won't work. The people have come to know them for what they are and are not going to be fooled by them,'' she said.

Ruling out the recent Dalit killings as a result of caste conflicts, the BSPleader demanded action against the culprits. Mayawati said she was not like the Congress which blamed the entire Sikh community and let loose terror against it following Indira Gandhi's assassination.

The BJP and the Congress were against her party for the drift of upper-caste voters. At the same time, she said, the SP was against the BSP for the mass exodus of Muslims from it. The SP leaders tried to trigger violence between the Dalits and the Muslims in her constituency Ambedkar Nagar on June 16, she said. Among those injured in the clash, five were in a serious condition.

On Chief Minister Rajnath Singh's allegation that the Dalits were killed by BSP supporters in Aligarh, she said if he was so sure about the assailants, he should get them arrested. Refuting Rajnath's charge that Jalbir Singh was awarded for triggering caste violence by being given ticket from Barauli, Mayawati said Jalbir was given the ticket to foil these parties' bid to provoke Rajputs against the BSP.Terming the Chief Minister's resolve to remove some corrupt ministers as drama, Mayawati said the ministers who worked for more than four years had turned corrupt in his eyes overnight.
BJP rules out alliance with BSP in Uttar Pradesh

AGRA: Continuing its flip-flop over the strategy in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP on Tuesday ruled out an alliance with BSP in the Assembly elections but made it clear it will fight only on the basis of prepoll alliances and avoid post-poll tie-ups.

State unit president Kalraj Mishra told reporters that the party did not propose to have any alliance with BSP. However, an alliance with Rashtriya Lok Dal was on the cards. The final decision would be taken by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Union Home Minister L K Advani.

Party leaders had been talking in different voices on the issue of an alliance with BSP in the last few days with some leaders indicating they were not averse to such a tie-up. BSP leader Mayawati had rejected an alliance with BJP or Congress.

He said that Ram Mandir issue would not be made an election poll by the party. The Ram Mandir already existed in Ayodhya and the matter was needlessly being made controversial, he asserted.

He said if the court verdict on Ayodhya went against the BJP, efforts would be made to mobilise public opinion and reach an understanding with all parties concerned on the Aodhya dispute.

There was no clash between the party and the BJP government in UP over the imposition of ban on SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and attributed the recent spate of anti-Dalit crime in the state to "a planned conspiracy" but did could not suggest who was behind the murders. (PTI)

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