May 2, 2010 15:52 IST | Updated: May 2, 2010 17:15 IST Lucknow, May 2, 2010
Opposition conspired to push criminal elements into BSP: Mayawati
BSP Chief Mayawati claimed that Opposition parties had conspired and
managed to push criminal elements into her party just before the last
assembly polls that forced her to launch a drive to expel a large
number of such leaders.
The UP chief minister yesterday ousted 500 party leaders and workers
with criminal antecedents and also sought a second list of "criminals"
still left in the party who, she said, will be expelled before May 13.
"As part of a conspiracy, Opposition parties specially SP, which dream
of gaining power with the help of criminals, managed entry of such
elements into BSP before the assembly election," Mayawati told
"The party has launched a drive to oust criminal elements from the
party as a result of which 500 people having criminal antecedents have
been expelled from the party," she said.
Mayawati claimed that immediately after forming a majority government
in the state, the BSP launched a special drive to end "Jungleraj" in
the state under the previous SP regime and started a crackdown against
"SP and other political parties became wary of the crackdown as they
felt all their criminal elements would be put behind bars and they
would not be able to gain power in the state. They then started
sending their criminal elements into the BSP as part of a well-planned
conspiracy," she said.
"When such elements gradually established their position in the BSP,
they once again started 'Jungleraj' in the state," she said.
Mayawati said after the March 15 rally, some senior leaders pointed
out about the criminal elements in the party.
"I took a report from my own sources and found this to be true. On
April 17, I held a meeting of core leaders and directed them to expel
such people by April 29," she said.
Mayawati said her directives were followed strictly and 500 people
having criminal antecedents have been expelled from the party.
"Now stern action will be taken against such elements on the basis of
criminal cases against them. The party leaders have been asked to
prepare another list of such elements still left in the party and to
expel them before May 13," she said.
To a query, Mayawati said the list of ousted people is yet to be
screened but it may include some MLAs and ex-MPs.
"I don't pay attention on how influential a person is because a
criminal have no caste or religion, he is merely a criminal," she
The BSP supremo said the party wanted to assure the people that mafias
and criminals will not be able to call the shots during its regime.
"The DGP, Principal Secretary Home and ADG have been asked to launch a
special state-wide drive against criminals and put them behind bars,"
Accusing the Opposition parties of attempting to engineer communal and
caste related violence in the state, Mayawati claimed that BSP is the
only party which does not hesitate to act against its own leaders if
found involved in any criminal activity.
Ridiculing Opposition's allegation of rising number of criminal cases
in the state, Mayawati said she does not believe in figures.
"It was me who told the officers not to go by figures and to lodge FIR
of needy person reaching a police station. They have been told that
their performance would not be assessed on the basis of figures, but
the action on the FIRs lodged," she said.
"As the Opposition is unable to raise fingers on the law and order
situation, it is unnecessarily raking up the issue," she said.
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