Law and order situation in UP deplorable: Jaiswal
New Delhi, Jan 14: Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswalstrongly criticised the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government for''deplorable'' law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and said thatthis along with unemployment, would be a crucial issues in the comingassembly elections.
Talking to UNI, Mr Jaiswal said that the Nithari killings have revealed the true law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.
Twenty-nine children went missing over two years but the policedid not even lodge a FIR, he said, adding that it shows that the stategovernment did not care for its people and was not affected by theplight of the victims and their families.
Asserting that the Samajwadi Party government's claim that the lawand order was good in Uttar Pradesh was hard to believe, he said thatNithari and law and order would definitely be an issue in the assemblyelections.
''Law and order is associated with the prosperity of any state.MNCs and other companies invest in a state only if the they feel securewhich is necessary for reducing unemployment,'' he noted.
Regarding the preparations being made by the Congress, the MP fromKanpur said that the party would improve its tally in the state. Hesaid that along with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Mr Rahul Gandhiwould play a decisive role in the party's performance in the state ashe did in case of election of Ms Gandhi.
''Rahul is a youth icon and the entire youth force of the countryis looking at him for direction. However, we do not want to confine himto Uttar Pradesh alone, as he has to give leadership to the entirecountry,'' Mr Jaiswal said.
Defending the Congress initial support to the Samajwadi Party, hesaid that it was issue based support to prevent communal elements fromforming a government in the state. ''However, Mr Yadav subsequentlymanaged to get majority. But now his associate parties are also leavinghim indicating the decline,'' he said.