Eleven days after being re-inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), firebrand leader Uma Bharti launched her Uttar Pradesh campaign from Nighasan village in Lakhimpur-Kheri district where a 14-year old girl was murdered after allegedly being raped by cops inside a police station.
In her eight-minute address to Lakhimpur villagers the sadhvi, clad in her trademark saffron attire, thundered: “I will not rest until the real culprits are brought to justice.”
Targeting the Mayawati-led state government, she said, “It is ironic that in a state ruled by a woman chief minister, women and girls are not safe.” The girl’s body was found hanging from a tree on June 10 inside the Nighasan police station, around 230 km from Lucknow.
The state police had initially dismissed it as a case of suicide, but a second autopsy revealed that she was murdered.
Bharti, who also visited the victim’s family, demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident.
“The time has come to overthrow this Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in UP, where law and order has been the biggest casualty under the Maya regime,” she said.
Bharti also led a sit-in against the “alarming decline in law and order and crime against women in Uttar Pradesh”.
Her close aide, Amar Singh, said, “The impressive crowd that gathered at the village to hear Umaji clearly indicates that she would add strength to the BJP campaign to oust the BSP regime in UP.”
Bharti was re-inducted into the BJP on June 7 after six years of estrangement. She will lead the BJP’s campaign in the 2012 UP assembly elections. She is expected to arrive in Lucknow on Sunday and visit Ayodhya on Monday.