Mayawati demands CBI probe in gangrape case; says BSP will not contest by-polls on 12 seats

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Lucknow, May 30: Charging that there has been a spurt in crime cases in UP after the Lok Sabha polls, BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the gangrape and murder of two Dalit sisters in Badaun district.

Mayawati also demanded that President's Rule be imposed in the state. "The Centre should order a CBI probe into the gangrape and murder of two girls of Shakya (Dalit) community", she told reporters here.

Mayawati said, "Law and order situation is pathetic. In such a scenario, the Governor should make recommendation for President's rule in the state". Attacking the Samajwadi Party, Mayawati alleged that SP had joined hands with BJP to "polarise" voters but the plan could not help it.

To a question, she said, "I consider Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav's development talk as a mere crude joke".

On the power crisis in the state, the BSP supremo said power has been restricted to the native village and parliamentary constituencies represented by the SP. "Bad days are in store for the common man", she said.

BSP will not contest by-polls on 12 seats in UP: Mayawati

BSP will not contest by-elections on 12 seats in Uttar Pradesh, which would fall vacant due to the legislators being elected as MPs, party supremo Mayawati said today.

"Generally, in by-elections, central Election Commission is not involved directly. Due to this, the ruling SP had misused official machinery in these elections. That is why we will not spend our energy in by-elections," Mayawati told reporters.

"We will do preparations for Assembly polls. There is a possibility that this (SP) government may fall within a year and mid-term polls will be held," she said.

Mayawati said at present, she would remain in Delhi and strengthen the party in the states where elections are due in the next two years.

In Uttar Pradesh, 12 legislators--11 of BJP and one from its ally Apna Dal--have been elected as MPs in the recent Lok Sabha polls and so by-elections are due in the near future.

PTI

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