NEW DELHI: With the election scene warming up, the BJP hit out at the SP government in Uttar Pradesh for not only rising crime in the state but also not acting against BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui after he was accused of insulting woman kin of an expelled BJP leader. The saffron party alleged that there was a nexus between the SP and BSP.
BJP National secretary Shrikant Sharma said that the state police used "barbaric" force against its workers taking part in a democratic protest in Lucknow and lodged "false" cases but was not taking against BSP leaders accused of insulting women.
BJP has been trying to corner BSP chief Mayawati after her supporters allegedly used sexist and insulting remarks against wife and daughter of Dayashankar Singh, who was expelled from BJP for using derogatory comments against her. "There cannot be a bigger example than this of the nexus between SP and BSP," Sharma said.
Targeting the Akhilesh Yadav government over "lawlessness" in the state, he claimed the state had seen over 13144 cases of murders, 2103 of rape, 6333 of robbery and dacoity during its rule till March 2016.
Against 3467 cases of rape in 2014, the numbers rose to 9075 in 2015.
"Women are not safe in the state. SP wants to come back to power on the strength of criminals.... The 15 year rule of SP and BSP have destroyed the state. People want change now and BJP will come to power," the BJP leader added.
Referring to the use of "excessive" force by police against protesting BJP workers, he said, "If Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has any morality and humanity, he should quash false cases registered against BJP leaders, many of whom were not even there. He should instead take action against Siddiqui."