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Parties demand President's rule in UP

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) Rajya Sabha MPs, cutting across party lines with the exception of Samajwadi Party members, today demanded imposition of President's rule in Uttar Pradesh and a CBI probe against the state government's ''anti-Dalit'' attitude.

The House which had seen two adjournments during the question hour itself because of noisy protests by BSP chief Mayawati and her partymen, also saw the rare sight of Congress and BJP supporting the BSP's demand for imposition of President's rule in the state.

Soon after the House assembled again, BSP chief Mayawati said the police had foisted ''false allegations'' against a Dalit youth and alleged they had used ''third-degree methods'' to force him confess that he had destroyed the statue in a drunken state.

''My suspicion that no dalit can destroy the statue of Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, turned out to be correct, when the youth narrated how the police foisted the case against him and even offered Rs 10,000 to confess the crime,'' she claimed, adding that when he did not agree, he was given electric shocks.

She said this issue needed to be probed by CBI since the issue was no longer confined to Uttar Pradesh alone but had affected law and order situation in other states also. She said the Centre should act on the state Governor's report and bring the state under President's Rule.

When the Chair called Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh to speak, Ms Mayawati and her party members demanded the government reply to her statement while the Chair said it would be after Mr Singh's address. At this, an irritated BSP Chief rushed into the well of the House and walked out when Amar Singh started his address.

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