16 BSP MLAs face threat to their lives
Anand Raj Singh
Express News ServiceFirst Published : 01 Aug 2010 01:59:43 AM ISTLast
Updated : 01 Aug 2010 12:27:08 PM IST
LUCKNOW: The ruling BSP of Chief Minister Mayawati has allegedly
alerted 16 of its MLAs who face threat to their lives. Incidentally,
almost all of them have criminal records, according to sources.
The alert has been issued after a high-level review meeting in the
wake of attack on Nand Lal Gupta 'Nandi'on July 12 in Allahabad.
He is recovering in a hospital in Lucknow.
While none from the BSP or the government is willing to confirm the
alert, a senior BSP leader with a clean image and no criminal record
told Express that 16 is a small figure compared to the number of
people in the party with criminal history and interpersonal rivalry
He also did not rule out the threat perception from members of other parties.
But the Opposition parties have expressed no surprise, and they agree
that the threat must be from members of the same party and not from
any other party.
BJP leader and Lucknow MP Lalji Tandon told Express that Mayawati had
herself admitted in the past that there were criminal elements in the
BSP and "had been pushed into the party by the Opposition parties".
He said, Mayawati herself had declared a list saying they had been
thrown out of the party. But her promise of another list never
materialised, he added.
Some parties defend their leaders, when allegations are raised, but
Mayawati is the only politician who admits people with criminal
background into her party saying they had stopped criminal activities,
SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said, even the attack on Nandi was
carried out by BSP members and that is why Mayawati immediately
accused SP leaders the same day, even as investigations had not
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