The BSP on Tuesday alleged the Akhilesh Yadav regime was “illegally” demoting Dalit government employees, who had been promoted on clearing a general or department exam, on the pretext of following the Supreme Court order on reservation in promotions.
Claiming that SP was indulging in vendetta politics towards Dalits “because they do not vote for the party”, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Swami Prasad Maurya, told mediapersons in Lucknow that the state government has demoted officials, who have been in service for 20 to 25 years, to the posts that they had initially joined.
He said the Supreme Court order of 2012, which declared the provision of reservation in promotion ultra vires, did not give any direction for demoting officials who had availed benefits of state’s reservation in promotion policy.
Maurya added that he had met the CM and the chief secretary, who had assured him that cases where Dalit officials had been demoted in contravention of law, would be looked into but nothing has been done. “No action has been taken even though the chief secretary wrote a letter stating that officials, who had been promoted after department or general exam, should not be demoted. The government has already demoted 2 lakh officials and now, is going to demote around 50,000 teachers of SC and ST categories,” he said.
Displaying a recent recruitment order of UP Subordinate Services Selection Commission, Maurya said while the cut-off was 220 for general category, it was 246 for OBCs and 242 for SCs. “This shows how the government is working against the Dalits and OBCs,” he added.
Further targeting the SP government, Maurya said the party was suffering from “internal conflict”. On SP-supported candidates for zila panchayat chairpersons being frequent changed and the CM’s absence at the ongoing Saifai Mahotsava, Maurya said “the conflict is proving our claim that there are more than one CM working in SP regime”.
“We have been saying since the beginning that there are five chief ministers, not one. SP’s internal conflict and friction is just coming out after Saifai Mahotsava… The farewell of SP is definite, but the internal conflict of the family has just made its ouster from power easier,” he added.
Akhilesh is yet to attend the annual family fiesta — which began on Saturday — at Mulayam’s native place. He is apparently “upset” with expulsion of two of his close aides from the party.
Accusing SP of being hand-in-glove with the BJP in spoiling communal amity in UP, Maurya blamed the state government for not collecting the forensic report in the Dadri lynching case, as it will “expose” these parties.
“BSP has always said that these parties, together, are out to damage communal brotherhood… Before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there were riots and this will again happen with the 2017 UP Assembly polls approaching,” he added.
On the arrival of “shilas” (stone slabs) in Ayodhya for the construction of a Ram temple, Maurya branded those initiating the process as “desi atankwadi” (homegrown terrorists). This, despite the issue pending before the Supreme Court.
“The SP government, which kept sleeping as trucks bringing stones arrived in Ayodhya is responsible for it… It again proves the tacit understanding between SP and BJP,” Maurya said, adding that had the SP government respected Supreme Court, there was no scope of even a brick reaching the temple city.
On denial of permission to All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen led by Asaduddin Owaisi to hold a programme in the state, Maurya said the SP chief considers himself “Mulla Mulayam” and cannot tolerate any other Muslim leader on his turf. “Though they (SP) claim to be pro-Muslims, they actually are enemies of Muslims,” he added.
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