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Law and order no good in Delhi: Mulayam

By J.P. Shukla



The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, at a press conference in Lucknow on Thursday . — Photo: Subir Roy

LUCKNOW, JUNE 10. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, said today that it was the basic principle of "anti-Congressism" propounded by Ram Manohar Lohia which had given birth to his Samajwadi Party and there was no compulsion for him to support the Congress-led Government at the Centre. His party had decided to support it only because it believed in certain principles.

Addressing newspersons at the State Secretariat here, Mr. Mulayam Singh appeared displeased with the uncharitable comments made by the Congress leaders, especially the new party MP from Amethi, Rahul Gandhi, about the functioning of the State Government. He said that Uttar Pradesh was among the best-governed States and he was proud of that.

Asked about Mr. Gandhi's comments that the law and order situation in the State was "really bad," he said those making such comments must pay attention to the situation in Delhi and Mumbai. Even international surveys had pointed out that the law and order situation in these cities was the worst. There were States where murders were taking place on running trains.

As for Rae Bareli, the constituency of the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, which had been particularly referred to by Mr. Gandhi for its "bad law and order situation," he asked: "What has happened in Rae Bareli? And Akhilesh Singh, the Rae Bareli MLA, who has been accused of harassing Congress workers, belonges to the Congress itself."

It was strange logic that people remained innocent till they were members of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and became criminals when they came into contact with the Samajwadi Party. Persons with criminal records were associated with the Government in Delhi itself, but no accusing finger was being raised against them, he said.The Samajwadi Party had come to power fighting alone. He himself had been in prison during the tenure of one of the Congress Governments. He believed in the philosophy of ekla chalo (walk alone).

Mr. Yadav said the philosophy of "anti-Congressism" alone had made him the Chief Minister. If the Congress continued to insult his party, he would be forced to reconsider his relationship with it.

He advised Congressmen not to be unnecessarily "puffed up" with pride as the party had not made any remarkable achievement in the recent Lok Sabha elections.

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