Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday wanted the Centre to intervene in Uttar Pradesh in the wake of the discovery of the killing of children from the Nithari village.
"There is nothing like law and order in the state and the Centre should intervene," he said, supporting BJP's demand for imposing President's rule in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
Vajpayee, however, parried questions as to why no senior BJP leader other than the party general secretary Vinay Katiyar has so far visited. When he was told that Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi visited the village, he said "We have no competition with her (Gandhi)."
Before Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav announced a CBI probe into the killings, there was talk of an en masse resignation by UP BJP MLAs to highlight the law and order scenario.
Though the party has labeled it a big issue, some MLAs said it was too "early" for them to do something as drastic as quitting their seats when the elections are to be held only in April.
Alternatively, some BJP leaders proposed that the local BJP MLA tender his resignation in protest against the failure of law and order machinery to prevent the killings, according to party officials.
A majority of local BJP leaders wanted the party to wait to see how the investigation progressed before stepping the agitation.
Till, date, the BJP organised only an "indefinite dharna" outside the Noida police station after party general secretary Vinay Katiyar visited the House where many children are feared to have been killed.
Former Union Minister and BJP MP Ashok Pradhan, who represents the area, has claimed that the chief minister did not respond to the six letters he wrote since April 2006 about the missing children, some of whom were believed to be killed.
Both Leader of Opposition LK Advani and BJP President Rajnath Singh demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry. Advani is likely to visit the site soon.
"The killing of children (in Nithari) is a gruesome incident and a matter of shame for the country. The Uttar Pradesh government should hand over the investigations to the CBI," Advani said at Indore on Friday.