Amid increasing incidents of crime against women in Uttar Pradesh, the Central government on Monday said it was concerned over the prevailing law and order in the state and was closely monitoring the situation.

“The MHA is concerned over the prevailing law and order in Uttar Pradesh. We are closely monitoring the situation in UP,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who visited the Delhi Police headquarters, tweeted.

Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju also slammed the Uttar Pradesh government, led by Akhilesh Yadav, over the law and order situation.

“This should not be taken as some politics being done by us because their government is of a different party. Whatever the government — whether of our party or of some other party, everybody is worried if the law and order is not good,” Mr. Rijiju said.

Lashing out at the ruling Samajwadi Party in U.P., senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged the State government had failed.

“The result is administrative incompetence... the administrative chaos is clearly visible,” he said.

Former Congress MP Rashid Alvi said, “We are very much worried about the law and order situation in U.P. We have time and again suggested that the U.P. government should take care of it. Whatever is happening is very unfortunate. Strict action should be taken.”

Mr. Alvi, however, made it clear that his party is not demanding the resignation of the Akhilesh Yadav government.

The reactions of the Union Home Minister and leaders of various political parties come in the backdrop of a spurt in criminal incidents in the State recently like alleged rape of a woman in front of her children in Badaun, killing of two police constables, burning alive of a labourer and molestation of a French woman.