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Ajit stresses on crime control

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 01:24 IST
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RASHTRIYA LOK Dal president Chaudhury Ajit Singh, on Saturday, said there was no improvement in the law and order situation in the state. He blamed activities of mafiosi-turned-politicians for the deterioration in the situation.

Talking to newsmen, the RLD chief laid stress on controlling rising crime and said the state government had given a wrong message by providing police security to small-time politicians and weapon licences to history-sheeters.

Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in Lucknow University, Singh said union election should be held only on the basis of Lyngdoh committee recommendations. He said there was an urgent need to check money and muscle power in the election. Singh said LU Vice-Chancellor RP Singh should ensure that students did not suffer on the academic front.

Regarding electoral alliance, Singh said he would take a decision would be taken before the Assembly election likely to be held by April-May. He had earlier announced of a poll pact by November.

The RLD chief also opposed the state government’s decision to enhance support price by Rs 10 per quintal to sugarcane farmers. Demanding a minimum price of Rs 150 per quintal for present crushing season, he said the increase was inadequate.

Singh informed last year, the government had announced that Rs 115 to Rs 120 per quintal would be given to the farmers. He said in view of the inordinate delay in declaring the support price, the farmers were forced to remain content with Rs 60 to Rs 100 per quintal in the last two months.

He said the government should ensure farmers received the balance payment with 14 per cent interest. He did not rule out the possibility of sugar mills exploiting farmers because of sugarcane categorisation.