Mayawati's officials out to taint Samajwadi Party's image, Akhilesh says
PTI | Mar 9, 2012, 04.23PM IST
LUCKNOW: In the backdrop of incidents of violence allegedly involving
Samajwadi Party supporters, party leader Akhilesh Yadav today that
there is an attempt to defame SP by creating law and order problem
after its massive victory and promised to take strict action against
all those involved.
"No one from the Samajwadi Party (SP) is involved in these
incidents.... You can get it verified from your own sources as well...
but if anyone from the party is found involved, stern action would be
taken against them, however strong they might be," Akhilesh Yadav told
Blaming officers for these incidents, Akhilesh said that as they know
they would be removed after the formation of the SP government, they
were not taking interest in maintaining law and order.
"Law should take its own course....The party will not be defending
anyone involved in violent incidents.... We will also not hesitate to
expel party workers involved in such incidents if they are found
guilty," he said.
The SP was routed in the 2007 assembly elections amid allegations of
spurt in crime and its 'gooda raj' image.
Akhilesh said that the incidents could be the handiwork of the
frustrated elements who have faced defeat in these elections.
A BSP worker and former village head was lynched in Agra while two
houses were set ablaze in a clash between two communities in Sitapur.
In Jhansi, supporters of SP clashed with some TV cameramen during
which some of their equipments were broken.
A youth died of bullet injuries during a clash between supporters of a
defeated SP candidate and police in Firozabad.
About Jhansi incident, Akhilesh it was clash of two groups while
Firozabad incident was fallout of misformation that spread regarding
victory of SP candidate, who actually lost.
The party will be strictly dealing with such activities, he said.
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