We forced Mayawati to withdraw UPCOCA bill: SP

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Lucknow, Sep 5 (UNI) The Samajwadi Party (SP) today said the party had forced Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to withdraw the controversial Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act (UPCOCA) law, lying pending with the President.

Leader of opposition in the state legisalative council Ahmad Hassan here said that it was the second decision of the Mayawati government, which has been withdrawn after the banning of the students union elections.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Hassan said his party had protested the UPCOCA in the state legislature and outside and raised the issue before the people, which forced the state government to withdraw it.

''The CM had made a false statement that UPCOCA was withdrawan as the law and order situation of the state was good. Actually, the SP forced the government to withdraw it,'' he claimed.

Welcoming the decision on the withdrawal of the UPCOCA, he said the new law was only meant to target the opposition leaders and the minorities.

Earlier, the UP government had lifted the ban imposed on the students union elections after much hue and cry were raised by the SP and other political parties in the state.

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