Maya, Akhilesh begin war of words
Published: Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012, 8:00 IST
By Deepak Gidwani | Place: Lucknow | Agency: DNA
A verbal war of sorts has ensued between outgoing chief minister
Mayawati and CM designate Akhilesh Yadav over the law and order
situation in the state.
Mayawati filed her nomination papers for election to the Rajya Sabha
on Tuesday. Soon after filing the nomination, Mayawati spoke to
reporters and alleged that the law and order situation in UP had
deteriorated after the assembly election results were declared in
favour of the Samajwadi Party (SP).
She said she was going to the Rajya Sabha to raise the
issue of worsening law and order in the state in Parliament.
"Even before the SP government has taken over, the goons of the party
have started taking the law into their hands," Mayawati said. She said
there had been a sudden increase in the incidents of atrocities
against the poor and common people over the past few days.
"SP workers have been involved in many violent incidents ever since it
became clear that the party was going to form its government in UP,"
Akhilesh Yadav was quick to react to the Dalit leader's barbs. "Why is
Mayawati running away to Delhi?" he asked as reporters asked him for a
reaction to the former CM's statements.
"She should have stayed back in UP and faced the new government,"
Yadav said. "If she wants to raise the issue of law and order, she
should have remained an MLC and done it in the House (Legislative
Council) here," he added.
Asked about the charges of worsening law and order situation in UP,
Yadav said, "This situation is what we have inherited from the BSP
regime. As soon as we take over the government, we will take strong
steps to curb the incidents."
Mayawati's charges may be politically motivated but are not entirely
without substance. There has indeed been a spurt in the incidents of
violence in UP ever since the assembly election results were declared
on Tuesday last.
The incidents have raised serious doubts over repeated statements by
the party's youth icon Akhilesh Yadav that 'goondaism' would not be
tolerated. In fact, it was precisely because of the severe law and
order problem during the last SP regime that the party was booted out
of power in 2007.
The first incident was reported soon after the results came in from
Sambhal in Bhimnagar district of western UP where rejoicing SP workers
indulged in indiscriminate celebratory firing in which a
seven-year-old boy was killed.
In Jhansi, rampaging SP workers damaged government property at a
counting centre in Babina area.
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