CHIEF Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday claimed that in Uttar Pradesh, “92 per cent of crimes occur due to zar, joru and zameen (money, woman and land)”.
“I am pained when any incident occurs with women, daughters and students. But 92 percent of crimes occur in UP due to three reasons — zar, joru and zameen,” he said while replying to debate on law and order situation in the state Assembly.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya targeted Akhilesh saying: “There is a perception that UP’s CM is bhola. Your orders are not complied with. Emerge as a mazboot CM.” Before the debate began, he also highlighted at least 10 incidents of crime that had taken place in the state.
In his reply, Akhilesh said: “Our good works never come on TV. Main na majboor hoon, na kamzor aur na hi bhola hoon. (I am neither helpless nor weak or innocent)”.
Accusing the media of not showing the “good works done by police”, Akhilesh said: “My picture is always shown on TV if any incident takes place. In other states, if such things happen, the CM’s picture is not shown.” When Opposition members raise such incidents, UP gets a bad name, he added.
“I don’t know how people in the BJP manage. Perhaps their strategy worked once. I will advice the Leader of Opposition not to get carried away by media reports on crimes but check the reality at ground, as real politics begins after the incident,” he said.
Giving instances, he added: “In Mathura, there was a demonstration against me following the theft of an idol from a temple. It was later found that protestors themselves had stolen the idol. The same thing happened in Faizabad. In the Kannuaj incident, I knew the reality and those involved in the incident (rape and murder) were known to each other.”
Appreciating the police, Akhilesh said: “Police have also done good work. In Chitrakoot, they killed (Balkhariya dacoit) and (a gangster) in Saharanpur. We all are dependent on our gunner for security.” He also urged women legislators to visit the 1090 Helpline office to know how the service functions.
Targetting BJP, Akhilesh said the violence in Sitapur, following the ban on DJs for kanwariya processions, was instigated. “You (BJP) tell me why are you so interested in DJs? Now, even the court has stopped it. I have no problem with bhajans, even I listen to bhajans, which I shouldn’t be doing at my age. But you at this age are interested in DJs,” he said.
On prompting from members, he said: “A DJ is disc jockey, a person who makes people dance.”
Following Akhilesh’s reply, Maurya staged a walk out from the Assembly.
BJP leader Suresh Khanna, while giving details of crime incidents in the state, mentioned reports that the state DGP had termed some SP leaders as lootere.
Rashtriya Lok Dal’s MLA Vedpal Rathi also took a dig at SP MLAs, when without naming party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he criticised him for his recent statements. “He is a big leader… I will not take name but statements like ‘naujawan hain, phisal jatey hai’ and ‘balatkar pidit aurat ko naukri do’, only incite people,” he said.
Rathi also slammed the SP government for posting only members from a particular caste SO and SHOs in the police. “Badaut police station in-charge in Baghpat district, while reminding me community was ruling the state, had warned me that belongs to the same caste,” he said.
Claiming that stated during riots in western UP, action was taken only against one community, Rathi said: “The government terms these incidebts as caste conflicts, but these were riots. Those named in the cases are provided security.”
BJP leader Dharampal Singh rued his nine buffaloes were stolen and though he had told the police of the names of suspects, his bovines are yet to be recovered. Trinamool Congress MLA Shyam Sunder Sharma, on the other hand, claimed that the CM’s close confidante was hiding the truth from him.