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BJP divided on demand to sack Mulayam Govt

Lucknow, September 5
A difference of opinion seems to have cropped up in the BJP on the demand for dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in view of the alarming law and order situation in the state.

While former state Chief Minister Rajnath Singh today said the party would welcome any decision on the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party Government, another senior leader Kalraj Mishra observed there was no question of dismissal as the SP government, which enjoys majority in the assembly.

Yesterday, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had also said there was no question of dismissal of the Mulayam Singh Government even after repeated statements by state BJP president Keshri Nath Tripathi for sacking of the state government.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Rajnath Singh claimed the situation was alarming in UP and people had lost confidence in the state government.

Lambasting the Congress for trying to get people’s sympathy with ‘crocodile tears’, the BJP leader said the party should immediately snap all ties with the SP before going for the UP bandh tomorrow.

He also said his party would welcome the dismissal of the Mulayam Government, which can only be done by the Centre. He also condemned the UP Government for its callous attitude to the lathicharge by police on lawyers here on Friday. Mr Singh also demanded a probe into the incident by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile in another press meeting, senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra demanded resignation of Mr Yadav on moral grounds following the deteriorating law and order situation.

He, however, defended the state government saying it could not be dismissed as it enjoys majority in the Assembly.

On the statement of former CM and BSP president Mayawati blaming the BJP for the law and order situation as it had brought Mulayam to power, Mr Mishra said if she had not resigned, the SP government could not have come to power. — UNI

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