An Indore-based social activist has filed a writ petition in the Madhya Pradesh high court here in which he sought imposition of President’s Rule in the state alleging the breakdown of constitutional machinery, breach of law and order, and oppression of Dalits and minorities by the BJP government. The petitioner, Tapan Bhattacharya, has cited several incidents and situations, including the Bhojshala controversy, to support his claim.
He has also sought immediate suspension of Dhar superintendent of police Rajesh Hingankar and police station in-charges of Bagh, Amjhera and Manawar, alleging that these officers were appointed by the government to terrorise minorities and tribals in the region.
“The state government and local administration of Dhar are making no attempt to find out an amicable solution to the Bhojshala issue. Instead, they plan to deploy massive police force, turning Bhojshala into a battle field. It will instill fear among commoners,” Anand Mohan Mathur, former advocate general of Madhya Pradesh and counsel for the petitioner, said.
A suggestion was made to the district magistrate and the SP of Dhar, that as token, 100 people each from the Hindu and Muslim communities may offer puja and namaz at Bhojshala on February 12 at different timings, but this was rejected by Hingankar, said the counsel. “The Madhya Pradesh government has failed in carrying its duties in accordance with the constitutional provisions, and there is a clear case for imposition of President’s Rule in the state,” Mathur said, seeking the court’s intervention.
After hearing the arguments, the division bench of the high court comprising justices PK Jaiswal and JK Jain issued a notice to the state government and asked to file its reply
within six weeks.