Changed scenario forces Maya to oppose UPCOCB
Terming the law draconian that can be misused to suppress the Dalits and religious minorities, Mayawati said the BJP would use the law for settling political rivalry as well.lucknow Updated: Dec 21, 2017 17:44 IST
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday demanded withdrawal of Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Bill (UPCOCB) tabled in the legislative assembly.
Terming the law draconian that can be misused to suppress the Dalits and religious minorities, Mayawati said the BJP would use the law for settling political rivalry as well.
A decade back in 2007 after grabbing power, the BSP government had decided to bring UPCOCA to check organized crime unleashed by gangsters and mafias active in the state. A team of senior officers was sent to Maharashtra to study the implementation of MCOCA.
In March 2008, as the then chief minister Mayawati had tabled the bill in the legislative assembly.
She had then stated that she was doing so “to control contract killers, kidnappers, gun-toting contractors, hawala traders, manufacturers of spurious drugs and liquor, the mafia and hardened criminals operating as organised syndicate.”
Political observers feel the changed political scenario has forced Mayawati to oppose the law. They feel Mayawati now plans to use UPCOCA to hit at the BJP government and galvanize the support of the Dalits and the Muslims. She has threatened to take a tough stand if the state government fails to withdraw the bill.
In 2008 the BSP government had sent UPCOCA to centre for Presidential nod, but the then Congress led UPA government had opposed the Act fearing that it might be misused against the minority community. Arch rival Samajwadi Party had termed the BSP anti-Muslim. And due to shift in Muslim and upper caste votes, the BSP lost power in 2012 assebly elections.
The BSP grabbed two mayor post and performed well in the Nagar Palika Parishad and Nagar Panchayat elections recently. The party grabbed majority of the seats in the Muslim and dalit dominated areas. So, by opposing UPCOCA Mayawati wishes to consolidate the gain made by the BSP, feel observers.
She says the BJP government is misusing various laws for communal and political reasons. “People of particular caste and religion are on the radar of the BJP,” she says.