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Mayawati says crimes will be probed

UP chief minister Mayawati says she will take action against those involved in criminal activities.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2007 10:57 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has said she will not indulge in vendetta against her political rivals but investigate and take action against those involved in criminal activities.

"We will not take legal action against anyone on political or religious grounds nor on caste basis. If one does a wrong deed or anything illegal, then you know that in my regime, his real place will not be anywhere outside the prison," Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief has told a private news TV channel in an interview.

On action against former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, she said: "The people of the state have been unhappy with the policies of the previous government and there have been many complaints against them."

"The hopes of the people rest on us. Our actions against them will not be based on political vendetta, but it is for the people of Uttar Pradesh, who claim that criminal activities have been undertaken by them," a statement on Thursday quoted her as saying.

Queried about criminal records of some of her cabinet colleagues, Mayawati said: "We will improve all of them. This too is a kind of social reform."

She said BSP follows the "harder route of training party members instead of cashing in on the glamour quotient of film stars during election campaigns".

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