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Need of the hour: Imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh!
Even before the incident of Badaun Gang Rape, the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was infamous for its “Jungle Raj” and “Gunda Raj''. Media, political leaders, social activists and people from all sections of the society has accused that the State Government led by Samajwadi Party is being run in a manner and style that it is protecting and encouraging anti-social and criminal elements at the cost of the law abiding citizens.

A statement of Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav during his Lok Sabha election rally further substantiated this point when he clearly showed his displeasure at the court's judgment in the Mumbai's Shakti Mill rape case. He had said that the “rape” is a minor mistake committed by boys for which death sentence is not justified and he will change this law, in case his party comes to power at the Centre.

The law and order situation in the state is completely at the mercy of handful leaders of Samajwadi Party. IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended by the SP Government on the directions of a senior local SP leader Narendra Bhati, simply because she was not allowing the sand mafia in the Greater Noida to operate smoothly.

Even in the Muzaffarnagar riots, the general perception was that the riots were the result of complete absence of the law and order machinery as the police was not allowed to work as per the law and certain sections of the society, which were at fault, were “protected” by the SP leaders, resulting in the unrest among the general public which later on converted into unfortunate communal riots.

In fact, the law and order situation of the State at the time of Muzaffarnagar riots was fit for imposition of President Rule. The Congress government at the Centre was not having the guts to do the same as the UPA was running with outside support of the Samajwadi Party. The party leaders took undue advantage of this situation and continued shamelessly with their lawlessness in the State.

Samajwadi Party was given a befitting reply by the people as they could manage only 5 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Their leaders instead of accepting defeat gracefully, started to harass the people in various ways.

First, the electricity supply in all the areas of the State (except the areas where SP leaders somehow managed to win) was reduced substantially. If this was not enough punishment for the people for not voting in favor of the Samajwadi Party, there were incidents of rapes and gang rapes across the state almost on daily basis, with police refusing to register even a FIR in most of the cases.

After the shameful Badaun Gang rape and murder incident, several similar incidents have been reported from various areas of the State and the State government is helpless to restore order in the state. Due to constant media pressure the incident was duly highlighted and got the attention of social and women activists.

United Nation also took note of the incident and condemned the same. UP government was not expecting that the case will receive so much media attention and thought that it would be able to protect the culprits in the usual manner.

However, due to the constant media attention and timely intervention by the Central government, CM Akhilesh Yadav was forced to order a CBI enquiry into the case. On the pretext of taking some action, the State government transferred several IAS and IPS officers, but efforts to save the culprits continued even thereafter.

This was evident when UP DGP AL Banerjee gave some confusing statement that rape of one of the girls was not confirmed by forensic experts and that property could be a motive behind the murder. Two of the rapists in Badaun Gang rape case are yet to be arrested and nobody is talking about the same.

As if the incidents of rapes and gang rapes were not sufficient to show the complete breakdown of the law and order situation in the state, two senior BJP leaders were murdered recently and allegations of these murders are against senior leaders of the Samajwadi Party itself.

BJP and BSP leaders have already demanded that the president rule should be imposed in the State as there is complete breakdown of the constitutional machinery in the state and the Samajwadi Party is finding it impossible to run the state in the lawful manner. 

After the defeat in the LS elections, the party has already lost the mandate given to it by the people of the state. As on date, UP looks to be a fit case for imposition of the President Rule and the sooner it is imposed, the better it will be for the people of the state and the country as a whole.

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