A day after the Samajwadi Party's three-day agitation against her government ended, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati warned Mulayam Singh that in future too the SP's attempt to disturb law and order would be dealt with sternly. The same held good for other Opposition parties also, she told journalists here on Thursday.
At the same time, Ms. Mayawati supported the agitating Jats' demand for reservation. The Centre, she said, was incapable of taking a decision. But, given that the agitation had affected rail traffic in western Uttar Pradesh, she asked the Jats not to cause the people inconvenience.
On the SP's agitation, Ms. Mayawati accused that party of trying to impose a “jungle raj” under the garb of hallabol (attack).
As for her government's move towards indirect election of mayors and chairmen of local bodies, Ms. Mayawati, however, appeared reconciled to the possibility of the polls being held on party lines. (The Bill for indirect elections was passed by the Vidhan Sabha last month without debate, but the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have urged the Governor not to give his assent to the measure.)