UTTAR PRADESH Governor T V Rajeswar on Sunday apprised Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil of the law and order situation in the state, while a Bharatiya Janata Party delegation met President A P J Abdul Kalam to demand imposition of Central rule ahead of the assembly election.
Rajeswar briefed Patil about the recent desecration of B R Ambedkar's statue in Kanpur, which led to rioting in Maharashtra. His meeting with Patil was seen as an important development in the wake of the demand from political parties, including the Congress, for the dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government.
Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had criticised Rajeswar recently, alleging that efforts were under way to destabilise his government before the election.
BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj led a delegation of UP leaders, including Keshari Nath Tripathi, Kalraj Mishra, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Vinay Katiyar, to Rashtrapati Bhawan. The BJP leaders handed over a memorandum to Kalam, listing reasons why President's rule should be imposed in UP.
This is the first time that the BJP has openly demanded dismissal of the Mulayam Government. In its memorandum, the BJP alleged that under the Mulayam Government, the people of the state were at the mercy of criminals and the mafia. “Over the past three years, 20,000 cases of murder, dacoity, rape, and abduction for ransom have taken place.
The police and the administration are a demoralised lot. The state has become a safe haven for terrorists and ISI agents.” The BJP leaders also alleged that irregularities marked polls to the civic bodies. “It is not possible to hold a free and fair poll” in the state if the present government continues in office,” they said.