Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) on Monday demanded the dismissal of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government in Uttar Pradesh, alleging that it had lost people’s confidence and failed to control law and order.

In a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil, office-bearers of the LJP alleged that Uttar Pradesh was taken over by “goondaraj and lawlessness” where common people were not feeling safe and secure.

Citing the murder of PWD engineer M.K. Gupta in Auraiya and the arrest of a BSP MLA for his alleged involvement in the crime, the LJP leaders demanded that family members of the engineer be adequately compensated and the probe handed over to the CBI.

“When the elected representatives of the ruling party themselves are involved in looting and murdering innocent people, it would be futile to expect justice from the State law and order machinery. There is complete breakdown of law and order in the State,” LJP leaders Abdul Khaliq and S. N. Singh, both national general secretaries, and Shoeb Iqbal, vice-president, said.