Lucknow/New Delhi: As the elections in the most politically active state of India, Uttar Pradesh approaches early next year, a startling revelation has exposed the functioning of its current government and is likely to affect the poll results in a big way.
According to reports, ever since she took over the reins of the state in her hand, Chief Minister Mayawati has been quietly withdrawing criminal cases against her party’s MLAs and MPs — from charges of kidnapping and election violence to rape and murder.
One very glaring case is of Bijnore MLA Shahnawaz Rana. Rana was suspended from BSP for an alleged rape attempt by his aides and relatives. However, the state government ordered the withdrawal of a case of violence against him during the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
The trend of letting off her men started as soon as Mayawati took over the charge of the state. The process is still going on. The most shocking beneficiaries of this act of “public interest” are DP Yadav, Dhananjay Singh and Jitendra Singh Babloo. Also among them are state BSP president Swami Prasad Maurya and some other ministers.
This is not all. In some cases, like that of Dhananjay Singh and Jitendra Singh Babloo, more than one case has been withdrawn against them.
The court, however, in some cases refused to accept that the withdrawal would serve public interest. Reacting to this, the government has filed revision applications in higher courts.