Stepping up pressure on the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, the BJP on Monday demanded a white paper on the activities of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in Uttar Pradesh.
"The state government should issue a white paper informing the people about the steps taken by it against the banned outfit," state BJP Chief Kesri Nath Tripathi said.
Tripathi said the government should also tell the people as to the number of cases pending in the courts against the office bearers of SIMI in the state.
Sharply criticising the government's decision to withdraw cases, including one of treason, against the SIMI Chief Shahid Badra Falahi pending in a court in Baharaich district, the BJP leader said there was contradiction in the attitude of the government towards the outfit.
"On one hand the Chief Minister says that SIMI is not active in the state and on the other hand his government takes a decision to withdraw criminal cases," Tripathi said to buttress his contention.
Alleging that the attitude of the government towards the SIMI was protective in nature, he said that the government must make its position clear on this issue.
Tripathi also lashed out at the Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan for reportedly demanding a Muslim Pradesh from western region of the state.
"It shows that the Samajwadi Party can go to any extent in its attempt to garner Muslim votes," Tripathi said.
He also criticised the Chief Minister for what he alleged making efforts to gain "cheap publicity" by organising programmes at state expenditure for distributing cheques to unemployed youths.
"It appears that the Chief Minister is raising an army of criminals," he alleged.
In reply to a question, Tripathi exuded confidence that the BJP would fare well at the next Vidhan Sabha elections in the state.