The SP government in Uttar Pradesh is helpless in front of criminals and does not have the courage to face the opposition over the "collapsed" law and order situation of the state, opposition BSP said on Thursday.
Nearly 20 per cent of contestants in the third phase of Lok Sabha election have criminal cases against them, with Kerala topping the list among 13 states, while an AAP nominee has been charged with 28 serious offences.
Government on Friday said it was working on a proposal to prevent the entry of criminals into politics even as a bill to prevent immediate disqualification of lawmakers upon conviction in a criminal case is pending in Parliament.
In a shocking exposure, a Pakistani provincial minister posing as a common man was able to enter a high-security prison here without showing any identification after he paid bribes of Rs 1,300 to officials.
Eight criminals were arrested today from different areas here, police said. The arrested have been identified as Satish Joshi, Sanjay Dhir, Bacchu Singh, Monu, Raju, Nandu, Krishan Kumar and Sudesh Choudhary.