Oppn stages walkout, says law and order deplorable in UP

The entire Opposition today staged a walkout in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly expressing dissatisfaction over the Minister`s reply on the law and order situation in the state which, it said, was deplorable.

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Lucknow: The entire Opposition today staged
a walkout in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly expressing
dissatisfaction over the Minister`s reply on the law and order
situation in the state which, it said, was deplorable.

Demanding a white paper on the issue, the Opposition
alleged the Mayawati government was forging figures to show
the law and order in the state was satisfactory.

The issue, which had thrown proceedings of the House in
disarray yesterday, was taken up during Zero Hour today.

Leaders of various opposition parties voiced serious
concern over what they termed as "deplorable" law and order
situation in the state.

Leader of the Opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav reeled out
statistics to say the law and order in the state was worse
than Bihar.

Citing numerous incidents, the Samajwadi Party leader
said a Cabinet Minister was attacked in Allahabad but no
action had been taken against any official or policeman.

He alleged the task of the police had been reduced to
extort money and indulge in atrocities against innocents.

Alleging criminalisation of police and politicians in
the recent past, Om Prakash Singh (BJP) said political
affiliations were guiding action in criminal cases.

Police station were being run as offices of party
agents, he said adding the SC/ST Act was also being misused by
the current dispensation.

The BJP leader said the massive security cover around
Chief Minister Mayawati had sent out a signal that there was a
threat to her life.

"The Chief Minister who is insecure cannot make the
people of the state feel secure," Singh said adding she
was inspecting her dream projects on helicopters.

Asking the government to spell out its policy with
regard to SIMI, he said the "appeasement policy" pursued by
the state government had made UP a sleeping module for terror
outfits.

Kokab Hamid (Rahstriya Lok Dal) demanded a white paper
on the law and order situation in the state.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tewari
demanded an all-party meet on the naxal menace which, he said,
was knocking at state`s doors.

He demanded stern action against outfits like SIMI
and those taking the law into their hands in the name of caste
and religion.

In his reply, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji
Verma said the law and order in the state was satisfactory.

He reeled out figures to buttress his point that the
crime rate in the state had come down.

The Minister said the National Crime Record Bureau
had put the state at 34th place, the second best in the
country, in terms of crime record.

"It is because of the effective control on this front
that no major communal riot, Naxal attack or terror strike
has taken place in the state since 2007," the Minister said.

"The BSP government has recruited 35,000 policemen in
the most transparent manner which has been acknowledged by the
Union Home Minister," Verma said.

He said there was no political interference in
functioning of the police.

The opposition parties expressed dissatisfaction over
the reply and staged walkout from the House.

Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar rejected the notices of
adjournment given by the Opposition to discuss the issue.

PTI