More than two months after its worst-ever poll debacle in the last Lok Sabha elections, the Samajwadi Party has announced to stage demonstrations at all district headquarters of the state on August 9 to protest against the alleged misrule of the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party government .
“Samajwadi Party cannot remain a mute spectator to the fast deteriorating situation in Uttar Pradesh. Power has gone to the head of the BJP leaders and they have become arrogant and arbitrary. All the MPs, MLAs and the cadre of the party will stage demonstrations and submit memorandums addressed to the Governor, to the district magistrates,” SP president Akhilesh Yadav said here on Sunday.
“At present, jungle raj prevails in UP where even women and children are not safe. Abduction, loot and dacoity has become the order of the day with traders being the worst-affected. The first six months of 2019 have a long list of crimes committed in UP — 729 murders, 803 rapes, 799 loots and 60 dacoities that have been registered by the police. The police also registered 2,500 cases of abduction,” Akhilesh Yadav claimed.
Without naming any community, the SP chief said “a large number of persons from a particular community have been targeted by the police and many have been killed in fake encounters”.
Yadav alleged that in every district of the state, Samajwadi Party workers and their supporters were being targeted while criminals were being patronised by the BJP leaders.
The SP chief said if immediate steps were not taken to rein in the terror unleashed by the BJP government, UP would slip into anarchy.
He said the Samajwadi Party had drawn a 25-point charter of demands for the demonstrations on August 9.
He said the main demand was that the government ensure justice to the Unnao rape victim and shift accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to jail in some other state.
He said the SP was also demanding an end to persecution of the minority community as members of the minority community were being framed in false cases and also killed in fake police encounters.
Defending SP leader and Lok Sabha member from Rampur, Mohammad Azam Khan, Yadav demanded an end to the malicious campaign launched by the Rampur district administration against him.
He alleged that Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam, the SP MLA, were being hounded by the police and were being framed in false cases.
“The reservations for Other Backward Classes and Scheduled Castes is under threat... the BJP government is conspiring to end reservations. The government should clarify its stand on the present status of reservation for SCs and OBCs,” the SP chief said.