Mayawati bound to go to jail for corruption: Samajwadi Party

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Lucknow, Jul 25 (UNI) Accusing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of employing ''undemocratic'' means to persecute Samajwadi Party workers, state SP working president Shiv Pal Singh Yadav today said the ''rampant corruption and misrule'' by her regime would certainly land her in jail.

''The act of Ms Mayawati is condemnable and lodging of fake criminal cases against the SP workers will in turn pave the way for the Chief Minister to land in jail for her misdeeds,'' the SP leader told a press conference here.

Mr Yadav said the BSP government was making a mockery of democracy by announcing a party convention on August 9, the day the Quit India movement was launched in 1942 against the British rule. ''The BSP is trying to 'misuse' the date by holding a party convention on the auspicious day.'' He claimed that Ms Mayawati would have to go to prison for her misdeeds and the corrupt practises being pursued by her government.

'' All the developmental works have come to a standstill and the state is moving towards backwardness,'' he alleged.

Rubbishing Ms Mayawati's claim that the trust vote won by the UPA government was a ''strangulation of democracy'', the SP leader said the vote of confidence was secured on the floor of the House in a constitutional manner.

''How can she talk about democracy when her government is taking all undemocratic steps and even she does not believe in democracy...till date she has not interacted with the opposition leaders nor met the leader of the opposition in the assembly,'' he added.

When asked about the possibility of an electoral alliance with the Congress in UP, he said the decision would be taken by the central leadership at an appropriate time. ''We will give unconditional support to the UPA government and an alliance would be forged with mutual consent,'' he said.

Mr Yadav also reiterated that the SP was against criminalisation of politics and no criminal would be allowed in the party.

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