Amid increasing pressure on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to recommend a CBI probe into lecturer Kavita Rani's murder, BSP chief Mayawati on Friday accused him of shielding people in his party who were allegedly involved in the case.
"Why is he (Mulayam) not heeding to the demand of Kavita's family to recommend a CBI probe into the matter if his men are not involved in it," Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow.
Yadav's hesitation was itself indicative of the "involvement of Samajwadi party leaders" in the case, she alleged.
Referring to Madhumita Shukla's murder that took place during her regime, Mayawati said she did not take a minute in recommending a CBI probe into the case as desired by Shukla's family members.
Asked whether she would refer the matter to the CBI if voted to power, she said not only Kavita's case but also, many other matters, including BSP MLA Raju Pal's murder, would be referred to the agency.
Reiterating her party's demand for imposition of president's rule in the Uttar Pradesh because of the "deteriorating law and order" situation, she said a party delegation led by general secretary SC Mishra on Friday called on Governor TV Rajeswar and gave him a memorandum to this effect.
Mayawati also said the list of candidates for the coming assembly election was ready but would be announced once the poll dates were declared.