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BJP, Congress criticize UP government over law and order issues

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-06-2014 PTI

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday expressed concern over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh with the Bharaiya Janata Party (BJP) slamming the Akhilesh Yadav government there for the present state of affairs even as the Congress demanded strict action against trouble-makers and miscreants.

Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for home affairs, said that their criticism was not simply directed at the UP government because it was a rival political party, and that the law and order situation was “definitely a matter of concern” for him at the home affairs ministry.

Hitting out at the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi charged that the state government has “failed” and “the result is administrative incompetence... the administrative chaos is clearly visible”.

Meanwhile, former Congress member of Parliament Rashid Alvi, said they were very worried about the situation in UP, claiming they had repeatedly suggested the state government work on it, and called for strict action to be taken.

Alvi, however, made it clear that his party is not demanding the resignation of the Akhilesh Yadav government.

“They have the majority in UP. Samajwadi Party has the right to continue in government in UP as they have the majority in the assembly,” the Congress spokesperson said. “We have respect for the Constitution but, at the same time, we suggest that Akhilesh Yadav should be very careful about these things and strict action should be taken by UP government to set the law and order situation right.”

The reactions from BJP and Congress leaders came against the backdrop of a spate of criminal incidents in UP in the last few days, such as the killing of two police constables, the burning alive of a labourer and the molestation of a Frenchwoman.

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