August 18, 2016 2:08:37 am
BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday urged the Election Commission to declare the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh as soon as possible, preferably by January-February, alleging that the “infighting” within the Mulayam Singh Yadav clan “could lead lead to anarchy in future”, due to which the “public would have to suffer”.
In a statement issued here, Mayawati said that senior government officials were falling prey to the “feud within the Yadav family” and the situation would affect the state administration too.
She said “elections in January-February” could save the state from unwanted situation of lawlessness and anarchy. She said, if that was not done, anti-social and criminal elements could use the situation as an opportunity to trigger violence and create problems in holding free, fair and peaceful elections.
The former chief minister said that ideally, the BJP-led government should have prepared for imposition of President’s Rule in the state long back, as “constitutional set up has collapsed” here. “But keeping in mind the poor state of the BJP in UP, the Centre has not been able to gather courage to impose President’s Rule,” she said.
Widening cracks in the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP came to the fore earlier this week.
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At an Independence Day function in Lucknow on Monday, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav caused a flutter by attacking his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for ignoring his uncle Shivpal Yadav.
Mulayam had threatened to release within eight days a list of people who need to be sacked from the SP unless his son “mends his ways”.
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