Citing recent cases of rape and murder of women in Uttar Pradesh, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday asked the ruling BJP leadership to either replace Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister with a “capable person” or impose the President’s rule in the state.
Referring to the deaths of two women in Hathras and Balrampur districts, she said the incidents are reminiscent of the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder.
“Kendra ki sarkar ko yahi kehna hai…Yogi Adityanath ish layak nahi hain ki law and order sambhaal sakein… “Behtar hoga, Adityanath ko unki asali jagah Gorakhpur ke math mein bheja den.. Aur yadi Gorakhpur ka math bhi accha nahi lag raha ho toh Ayodhya mein Ram mandir ka nirman ka kaam unko saunp de (“I want to tell the Central government that Yogi Adityanath is not capable enough to control the law and order… It would be better that Adityanath is sent back to his math in Gorakhpur… If he does not like it there, then he can be sent to oversee the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya),” Mayawati said, alleging that Adityanath was made the chief minister under pressure from the RSS.
“I want to say to Yogi Adityanath that you are born from the womb of a woman. You should consider sisters and daughters of others as your own. If you are unable to protect them, you should resign,” she said.
Asking BJP to “free itself from the clutches of RSS for the welfare of the state”, the former chief minister reminded Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is an MP from Varanasi and therefore has to keep in mind the welfare of the people of the state.
“PM ko kehna hai ki Varanasi se chun kar aye hain. Kam se kam aapko to dhyan rakhna chahiye… Jab Adiyanath se pradesh nahi sambhal raha hai toh kisi dusare ko mukhyamantri banayein… Warna behtar yahi hai UP ki janta ke hith mein Rashtrapati saashan laga kar wahan law and order ko badhiya banayein (I want to tell the Prime Minister that he has been elected from Varanasi and therefore he should at least see into it… When Adityanath is unable to handle the state, then either someone else should be made the chief minister or it should be better for the welfare of people of UP that President’s rule is imposed in the state to improve the law and order situation,” Mayawati said.
The BSP chief said that as the BJP government in UP has failed to wake up despite repeated incidents of such crimes against women, she thought it was necessary to wake up the Central Government over the issue.
She also said that giving financial help or offering jobs to the victims’ families in incidents like Hathras would not stop harassment of women.
Mayawati also questioned the authenticity of encounters in the state and said that since the BJP came to power, many houses have been demolished and several encounters have taken place but only time would tell the truth behind them.
Reacting to the BSP leader’s statement, BJP leader and Cabinet Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, “You forgot that during your tenure a thousand Dalits were killed, and today you are giving us a lecture. If you raise one finger at us, two will rise against you.”
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