The Rashtriya Lok Dal president Chaudhury Ajit Singh on Saturday said there was no improvement in the law and order situation.
Singh said the situation had deteriorated because of activities of Mafiosi-turned-politicians in the state.
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Saturday the RLD chief laying stress on controlling the fast rising crime graph, said the state government had given the 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 elections should be held only on the basis of recommendations of Lyngdoh committee.
He said there was an urgent need to stop money and muscle power in the election. Singh said the LU Vice-Chancellor RP Singh should ensure that there was no educational loss to the students. Referring to the electoral alliance Singh said the assembly elections were likely to be held by April-May and the decision would be taken before the poll. Singh had earlier announced to decide about the poll pact by November.
The RLD chief also opposed the state government's decision to enhance Rs 10 per quintal to sugarcane farmers. Demanding that the price for the present crushing season should be at least Rs 150 per quintal Singh said increase was not satisfactory. Last year the government had announced Rs 115 to Rs 120 per quintal to the farmers. He said in view of the inordinate delay in the announcement of support price the farmers had been paid Rs 60 to Rs 100 per quintal during the last two months.
He said the government should ensure that the balance was paid to them with 14 per cent interest. He also did not rule out the possibility of exploitation of farmers by sugar mills because of categorization of sugarcane.
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