The ongoing fight between the Congress and the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh has reached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s table.
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi along with other party leaders met the Prime Minister on Tuesday and apprised him of “deteriorating” law and order situation, “rampant corruption” and “increasing crime rate” in the state.
The meeting came a day after UP chief minister Mayawati refused permission to the Congress to take out a march (nyay yatra) in Lucknow to protest “growing lawlessness, atrocities against women and particularly the murder of former deputy chief medical officer Dr YS Sachan, the prime accused in CMO Dr BP Singh murder case”, last week.
“We will expose the Mayawati government. This corruption trail is reaching her door...Mayawati should order a CBI inquiry into the CMO murder case,” Digvijaya, who is party in-charge of UP affairs, said after the meeting.
The Congress and the BSP are engaged in a bitter political fight ahead of the next year's assembly elections.
Digvijaya also asked why the UP government was not lodging cases against the two ministers if it is clear that they have committed irregularities.
“There have been three murders related to the office of Lucknow chief medical officer. Mayawati has expelled two ministers saying they committed mistakes. But it was never told what those mistakes were,” he said.
The Congress also sought to turn the table against the BSP government on corruption. Corruption is at its peak in UP and the Congress will expose the menace by launching campaigns in every district of the state, Digvijaya said.