Congress’s state will gherao the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha on August 17 over the deteriorating law and order under the Akhilesh Yadav’s rule, party’s communication cell chairman Satyadev Tripathi said here on Saturday.
“The law and order is worsening in the state and crime is on the rise even in the districts surrounding Lucknow such as Hamirpur, Shahjahanpur, Barabanki, Pilibhit, Kanpur. The women are being harassed, money is being used to nip the court cases in the bud – there is a plan afoot to defend Noida engineer Yadav Singh and the communal flare ups in western UP are being taken lightly; and so the party will lodge its protest over these and other issues at the Vidhan Sabha on August 17,” Tripathi said during a press conference.
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“There is jungle-raj in the state and even the police aren’t safe. Incidents such as the one in Hamirpur (where a 15-year-old girl allegedly immolated herself after eve-teasing) happen on a daily basis in UP. Sadly, the state government has also decided to approach Supreme Court against (a High Court order for CBI probe into) graft allegations against Yadav Singh,” he said, adding that “the workers and MLAs of the ruling party have only been worsening the law and order situation in the state and the police is either helpless or is complicit.”
He said that the party’s state president and former Faizabad MP Nirmal Khatri on Saturday visited the “peaceful” protesters in Hamirpur – currently lodged in jail. Khatri also visited the family of a protester who was allegedly killed in police firing.
Tripathi said that a meeting of state vice-presidents and general secretaries has been scheduled for August 5, at the party’s office in Lucknow, for preparations for the August 17 protest. “The meeting will be addressed by UP in-charge Madhusudan Mistry as well as Nirmal Khatri,” Tripathi said.