Lucknow: BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday asked party leaders and workers to make full preparations for the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
She exhorted that without getting distracted by the victory or defeat in elections, the workers and leaders have to persevere in the missionary work.
Speaking about the prevailing situation in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati termed the arrest of people under serious sections like National Security Act (NSA) as the official fashion of repression to cover up the failure on crime control and law and order.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president, who held a meeting of party office bearers of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab here, said, “As far as the upcoming assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are concerned, in both the states, BSP has to make full preparations and then go into the polls and make every effort to live up to the expectations of the party’s cadres and supporters.”
Referring to the case of Jammu and Kashmir, the BSP president said the government claims that the situation there has become much better and normal than before and now the Centre is talking about holding the G20 summit there.
“Therefore, as a proof of this, it is necessary that democracy should be restored at the earliest by holding assembly elections there. This will give new confidence to the people and strengthen the claims of the government,” a party release quoted her as saying.
Referring to the current situation in UP, Mayawati said that arrest of people under serious sections like NSA and oppression of families has become the new official fashion of repression to cover up the failures on matters of crime control and law and order and this is grossly unfair.
“At the same time, there is an atmosphere of fear and panic in the entire state due to the wrong government policy of arresting people even on trivial matters while criminals linking themselves with the ruling party are roaming freely. How is it possible to control crime and implement rule of law? The fear of law must be there in all criminals,” she said.
The former UP chief minister said that apart from this, this disease of indiscriminate arrest and bail which is becoming almost impossible has reached such a serious and worrying level that the Chief Justice of India himself has to warn the country about it.
Therefore, the sooner all the state governments in the country, including UP government, bring necessary reforms in their working system, the better it will be for the country and public interest, she said.
Taking cognizance of the allegations that the new Aam Aadmi Party government in Punjab is being run by remote control from Delhi, Mayawati said that the BSP has to leave no stone unturned to realise the dreams of BSP founder Kanshi Ram in his birthplace too.