Mayawati hits out at SP over attack on UP minister

UP Chief Minister Mayawati on Saturday hit back at opposition parties alleging that the attck on minister was a desperate act by mafia elements who were patronised by the Samajwadi Party.

Lucknow: UP Chief Minister Mayawati
on Saturday hit back at opposition parties, which had questioned her
handling of law and order after an attack on a minister, and
alleged the incident was a desperate act by mafia elements who
were patronised by the Samajwadi Party.

"The attack on Minister Nand Kumar Gupta in Allahabad
is a fallout of desperation of criminals and mafias owing to
the crackdown launched by the state government against them,"
Mayawati said in her first comments on the Monday bomb attack.
The BSP supremo alleged that the involvement of SP MLA
Vijay Mishra in the Monday attack, that left one person dead
and two others, besides the Minister, injured, had made it
clear that Samajwadi Party "is entirely connected with
criminals and is patronising them".

Mayawati said that during preliminary investigation it
was found that Dilip Mishra, who was a close relative of SP
MLA from Bhadohi Vijay Mishra, plotted the attack.

"In 2007, Dilip, in a bid to discourage Nandi from
contesting the state assembly elections, had attacked him,"
she told reporters here. Mayawati said that two persons
arrested by the police in connection with the attack on the
minister admitted that Dilip had consulted the SP MLA.

"While Dilip has 30 criminal cases registered againsty
him, 58 cases are registered against the Vijay Mishra," she
claimed, adding the lawmaker was having illegal property worth
Rs 50 crore in Jasaula area in Delhi.

"From this, it is very clear that the SP as a party is
entirely connected with criminals and is patronising them,"
she alleged.
Terming the statements by opposition leaders in
connection with the Allahabad incident as "unfortunate and
motivated by cheap politics", Mayawati said that before giving
such "irresponsible" comments, the opposition parties should
remember attack on Parliament and Mumbai terror strike.

"Was there `jungle raj` in the country when the then
railway minister Lalit Narain Mishra was killed in a bomb
attack in Bihar or was there complete anarchy in the country
when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed at her
residence during Congress regime," she questioned.

The CM said that during Congress regime several
innocent Sikhs were killed in 1984 riots and there was
complete anarchy in the country for days.

"Before giving any statement, the Congress leaders
should remember murder of VP Singh`s brother during his tenure
as chief minister. The party failed to bring those responsible
for these murder to book," she alleged.

"Between 1991 to 2005 one MP, 18 MLAs and 38
office-bearers of various political parties were killed.
During SP`s regime from 2003 to 2007 one former MP, three
MLAs, one ex-MLA and 13 office-bearers were killed," she said.

Mayawati said after taking the reins of government in
2007, the BSP government accorded top priority to law and
order and a special drive against criminals and mafia elements
was launched.

"During this drive, properties worth Rs 233 crore
accumulated by criminals and mafias through illegal means were
seized by the government," she said.

Mayawati said that after taking over as chief
minister, she had directed police to launch a special drive to
lodge FIRs of the people harassed during SP regime and as a
result of it 10,000 cases were registered across the state.

"It is shameful that the opposition parties are
claiming a spurt in crime on the basis of number of FIRs,"
she said.

"It is a shameful attempt on the part of the
opposition parties to tarnish the image of the BSP government
over fabricated charges," she added.

She alleged that during SP rule, BSP MLA Raju Pal,
BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai and MLC Ajeet Singh were killed.

"Contrary to this during BSP regime, any person taking
law and order in his hand has been punished irrespective of
the influence he enjoyed," she added.

PTI

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