LUCKNOW: Intensifying attack on the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh over the Mathura violence, BJP president Amit Shah today demanded resignation of Cabinet minister and the Chief Minister's uncle Shivpal Yadav, holding him responsible for the incident.
"If even a little bit of self-respect is left in netaji (SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav), he should get the resignation of minister Shivpal Yadav immediately," Shah said at a booth in-charge meet of Kanpur and Bundelkhand regions.
"Akhilesh Yadav ji, if you have to maintain relation of chacha-bhatija, you should tell the public that you have no relation with them," he said. His attack came against the backdrop of BJP state chief Keshav Prasad Maurya alleging that the attackers were "goons of PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav".
Shivpal has, however, denied the allegation and said police would not spare alleged key accused Ram Vriksh Yadav.
He said there should be no politics over the incident. "Politics should not be done over the dead," he said. Virtually blowing the bugle for the 2017 state Assembly elections, Shah said law-and-order situation in Uttar Pradesh has been reduced to mockery.
"An SP is killed in broad day light. An SHO is killed. More than 200 people open fire on the police with rifles and explosives but minister sitting in secretariat in Lucknow give patronage to them and does not allow the police to retaliate," he said.
Shah also said that Mathura incident has defamed Uttar Pradesh across the country. At least 24 people, including two police officers, died in Thursday's clashes between police and encroachers at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura.
BJP has already demanded a CBI inquiry in the matter.