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UP government to probe Mayawati's comments

Updated: April 17, 2013, 11:24 AM IST
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UP government to probe Mayawati's comments
The bitter war of wards between the Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has escalated in the last few days.

Lucknow: The bitter war of words between the Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has escalated in the last few days. The Akhilesh Yadav government has ordered an enquiry into BSP supreme Mayawati's rally at Lucknow's Ambedkar Park where the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister had alleged that the state government was full of goons, mafia and anti-social elements.

Samajwadi Party leader and PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav on Tuesday warned Mayawati to be careful in her comments or she will face the consequences. Mayawati while addressing a function to mark BR Ambedkar's 122th birth anniversary on April 14 had said that Samajwadi Party "goons" will be "taught a lesson" when she returns to power.

Now the Uttar Pradesh government of Samajwadi Party is planning to corner Mayawati and has asked senior officials to explain how she was allowed to hold a rally at Ambedkar Park with any permission.

The government has ordered an enquiry into the banners and posters pasted on memorials built during the BSP government. Mayawati is likely to held press conference on Wednesday to counter the Samajwadi Party.

Mayawati did not take the comments lying down and on on Tuesday branded Samajwadi Party leaders as "terror elements" addressing their objection to being called "goondas" even as she pressed for imposition of President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh. The former UP Chief Minister alleged that "jungle raj" was prevailing at all levels during the Samajwadi Party government's rule and that SP "goons" were running the show.

Unfazed by the condemnation of her description of Samajwadi Party workers, Mayawati reiterated that she will deal with the SP "goondas" sternly when she comes back to power.

In an apparent reference to objection by the PWD minister to her calling SP men "goondas", Mayawati said that from now on, she would call them "uncontrollable and terror-spreading elements".

Claiming that such "elements" were responsible for the dismal law and order situation, Mayawati said the situation here had come to such a pass that the good and gentle people in the SP were also falling prey to them.

The BSP chief said when her party comes back to power, "criminal elements would be dealt with so sternly through the law that they would think twice before committing it again".

"There is jungle raj at every level and the situation during the one-year-old Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh is very bad. The goons of Samajwadi Party are running the show," Mayawati said.

"Under these circumstances, in keeping with his constitutional responsibilities, the Governor should send his report to the Centre and recommend President's Rule or else the situation would further deteriorate in the coming four years...

"I again appeal to the Governor to intervene in this regard or else the people would not pardon him and the SP government," she said.

The former chief minister said her party would continue to raise its demand in this regard until the central government and the Governor fulfil their responsibilities and impose President's Rule.

She alleged corruption was going on in the name of inquiry in the works of the previous government.

(With additional information from PTI)

First Published: April 17, 2013, 11:24 AM IST
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