Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Sunday tore into the Samajwadi Party government for the “hopeless law and order situation” in Uttar Pradesh and, in particular, the rise in crimes against women.

“Mothers and sisters are not safe under the present regime,” the former Chief Minister said, highlighting the illegal confinement of a 10-year-old in a police lock-up in Bulandshahr. It was only after the Supreme Court’s intervention that justice was done to the girl, she said.

“In the last over one year since the formation of the present government, Uttar Pradesh has witnessed over 100 communal incidents, about three dozen of them of a serious nature, and curfew has been clamped on some cities for several days.”

Removal of hoardings

Addressing the 122nd birth anniversary celebrations of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar at the Dr. Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal here, she condemned the Municipal Corporation for removal of hundreds of BSP hoardings, banners, festoons and posters from within a 2-3 km radius of the memorial. She said the hoardings were removed in spite of the party getting prior permission for putting them up.

High drama prevailed late Saturday night on a 3-km stretch from the Ambedkar Memorial at Gomtinagar to the Golf Club along the Lohia Path as the police and administration removed the hoardings.

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