Mayawati takes on SP over deteriorating communal situation
The BSP chief criticises the ruling party’s inability to control communal tension, charges UP government for not implementing ‘rule of law’
Virendra Nath Bhatt
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday 30 October blamed the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) for the dangerous climate of communal disharmony that prevails in Uttar Pradesh. Mayawati charged that criminals and mafia gangs were having a free run, while the police officers were scurrying for cover in the SP ruled state. Mayawati launched an attack against the SP led government headed by Akhilesh Yadav following the recent outbreak of communal violence in Faizabad on 24 October in which two persons were killed and shops and other public property was set ablaze in incidents of violence that followed.
“The communal situation is fast deteriorating in UP, where one city or the other is either under curfew due to communal violence or is in the grip of the communal tension, while the SP government is clueless about taking corrective measures for controlling the situation,” said Mayawati, who returned to Lucknow after three days of hectic election campaign in the poll-bound state of Himanchal Pradesh.
Communal violence erupted in Faizabad, which spread to five towns of the district, and close to four dozen shops belonging to the members of the minority community were torched after violence broke out during a procession of Durga immersion that was passing through Chowk, a busy market place in Faizabad city.
“If Akhilesh Yadav is clueless and finds it difficult to handle the law and order situation in UP, then he should draw a lesson the way my government had handled the communal situation on September 30, 2010, when the division bench of the Allahabad high court, after over two decades of hearing, had announced its verdict on the vexed issue of ownership of the disputed site of Ram Janma bhoomi/Babri Masjid at Ayodhya in Faizabad district,” said Mayawati adding, “Not a single shot was fired and the whole of UP remained incident free on that day and thereafter.”
Questioning the ability of the CM to govern the vast state, the BSP chief said, “The ineptitude of the SP and the CM has paralysed the police and civil administration in the state, resulting in criminals calling the shots and the police officers running for cover.” Mayawati charged, “A spate of communal riots during a span of eight months of the SP rule in UP has shaken the faith of common people in the rule of law.”
“During the BSP regime, my government had established rule of law where every section of society was assured of safety and security of his/her life and property and criminals were on the run,” charged Mayawati.
Mayawati, the former UP chief minister, who was voted out of power in March 2012 assembly elections, charged that jungle law prevails in Uttar Pradesh where people are losing their life and property due to frequent incidents of communal violence, while the SP is doing little to control the situation.
Virendra Nath Bhatt is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.