UP CM concerned over law and order
By Subhash Mishra | ENS | Published: 16th November 2012 10:08 AM |
Stung by seven communal riots in his seven-month regime, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who is struggling to control the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, on Thursday admitted that something was amiss and the situation needs to be checked.
After inaugurating the WPL (women protection line), a helpline for women facing sexual harassment, at his official residence here, Akhilesh admitted that his “government has been praised for the strides it has made in health, education, public works and other sectors, but on the law and order front it was facing all-around criticism”, which, he said, “is not good”.
He quoted a recent statement of former Chief Minister Mayawati who had said that law and order situation in the state was a “complete failure”.
“After having a vegetarian lunch with the Prime Minister, she criticized (the UP government) so much. Had she taken a non-vegetarian lunch, I don’t know how would have she described the situation,” Akhilesh said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister admitted that many people, including his friends in media, had expressed their concern over the spiraling crime graph in the state. Without naming the media group, Akhilesh also lamented that there was one news channel which would beam anti-government news to tarnish the image of his government, even though the police were doing their duty. He asked the police to prepare a list of criminals and the anti-social elements in every district and take strict action against them.
The CM said it would be helpful in assisting women who are victims of sexual harassment. He appealed the women in distress to dial 1090 for police protection.