UP situation worse than Bengal's, says Mayawati

HT Correspondent, 16th Sept. 2000
(New Delhi, September 15)

BSP LEADER Mayawati has demanded that the Centre impose President's rule in Uttar Pradesh before thinking of doing so in West Bengal or Bihar.

Lashing out at the BJP for turning a blind eye to the complete absence of law and order in UP where its own party is in power, Ms Mayawati also called for an all-party parliamentary delegation to visit the state for an impartial assessment of the situation.

Claiming that the law and order situation in the BJP-ruled state was far worse than it was in West Bengal or Bihar, she pointed to the recent developments in AMU, poor relief and rehabilitation work for the flood victims or to Pilibhit where, she alleged, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had misused her ministerial position to demolish two temples.

According to her, the minorities, Dalits, farmers, businessmen and other sections of society were not feeling secure with the BJP dispensation. The situation in the state, she claimed, was so bad that even the President was recently accosted by two drunken men during his Agra visit.

The BSP leader was also critical of Prime Minister Vajpayee's recent statement made at a VHP function in New York that the BJP would implement its agenda when it gets an absolute majority. Coming in the backdrop of demands for constructing a Ram temple at Ayodhya, the Prime Minister's remarks had whipped up a controversy here. Wondering how the Prime Minister made such a statement, Ms Mayawati pointed out that the temple issue was pending with the Supreme Court.

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