Akhilesh Yadav just accounts for half

After Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma’s verbal attack on Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Bahujan Samaj Party has trained its guns on the Akhilesh Yadav government.

Taking pot-shots at the State government for its failure to control law and order, senior BSP leader and former Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Monday said Uttar Pradesh was being run by “four-and-a-half Chief Ministers.”

The BSP had maintained silence on the ongoing war of words between the Steel Minister and Samajwadi Party leaders, including Public Works Department Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav. Yet, it has spared no opportunity to attack the government, mainly on the law and order situation.

At a party meeting in Azamgarh, Mr. Siddiqui said the law and order and crime situation had gone for a toss as there were more than one power centres. He later told reporters that in his opinion “Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, (PWD Minister) Shivpal Singh Yadav and (Urban Development Minister) Mohammad Azam Khan are the four Chief Ministers with Akhilesh Yadav accounting for half.”

Meanwhile, a case has been filed against BSP MP Jugal Kishore in Gonda for allegedly using derogatory language against the Chief Minister. Mr. Kishore made the alleged objectionable comments at a party meeting in Gonda on Sunday.

IG ( Law and Order ) R.K. Vishwakarma said the FIR was lodged at the Kotwali police station by Abhay Kumar Srivastava, city unit president of the Samajwadi Party. The FIR in crime number 197/13 was lodged under Sections 294, 504 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code and investigation was on, he added.