Samajwadi Party is desperate after its poor showing in the recent elections, says BSP president
Says anarchy prevails in Uttar Pradesh "Innocent people suffering in jails"
NEW DELHI: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Friday met President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and demanded the dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Government in Uttar Pradesh, alleging that the State was being run by "goons, mafias and criminal elements."
Leading a delegation of her party MPs, Ms. Mayawati, alleged that there was "complete chaos and anarchy, bringing the general law and order situation to its lowest ebb and leading to a complete constitutional breakdown in the State."
Frontal attack alleged
In a memorandum submitted to the President, she charged Mr. Yadav with leading a frontal attack against the State Governor "by using unparliamentary language against him in public meetings."
Ms. Mayawati alleged that the State police was demoralised, as they had been made to "kneel down before mafia and criminals." Innocent persons were languishing in jails under the "politically vindictive action of the State Government."
The ruling Samajwadi Party was desperate after its poor showing in the recent urban local bodies elections. Massive rigging and misuse of power in the elections had given rise to fears that the same would happen in the coming Assembly elections, she said.
"It would, therefore, be in the greater interest of democracy and the State people that you exercise your constitutional discretion and power to save the situation in a State which has a voter list of about 11 crore electors by ensuring that the Assembly elections are held in a fair and proper manner, which can be possible only under the President's rule," she said in the memorandum.