Maya puts onus on Centre for verdict implementation

Maya puts onus on Centre for verdict implementation

Maya puts onus on Centre for verdict implementation

“The entire responsibility of implementation of the High Court’s verdict in Ram Janambhumi-Babri masjid issue lies with the Centre,” said Mayawati, citing a Supreme Court order of 1994.

The Bahujan Samaj Party chief said she had already written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stating that the Centre should take the responsibility of implementing the verdict, which effectively meant dividing the disputed site into three parts with one each for Hindu Mahasabha, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Central Wakf Board.

She accused the Union government of not sending adequate central paramilitary forces to the state to maintain law and order in the wake of the High Court’s judgment on the disputed site in Ayodhya.

With the panchayat election in the state scheduled on October 11, 14 and 20 next, Mayawati apparently sought to ensure that the High Court’s verdict does not lead to a polarisation of voters on the religious lines and thus upset her Muslim-Dalit-Brahmin formula which originally swept her party to power in the state.

The panchayat elections are a trial run for the major political parties, with just two years to go for the state assembly elections. Besides the BSP, its rivals Samajwadi Party and the two national parties the Congress and the BJP are keen to revive their fortunes in the state.

Mayawati cited the Supreme Court ruling on the plea of a petitioner Ismail Farooqui in 1994, in which the apex court stated that the acquired land in Ayodhya in Faizabad district of the state would continue to be under the possession of the Central government and it would be its duty to implement the pending verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The state government has laid a security blanket across Uttar Pradesh to ensure that the verdict does not result in a flair-up and polarise the people along religious lines.

Mayawati was, however, quick to slam the Centre for dispatching only 52 companies of central paramilitary forces against the state government’s demand for 642 companies.
She criticised Home Minister P Chidambaram for stating that Uttar Pradesh had around 190,000 security personnel and they were enough to maintain law and order in the state. She said the number mentioned by Chidambaram reflected the total strength of the police forces of the state and all of them could not be deployed for maintaining law and order and prevent any attempt to trigger communal tension and violence in the aftermath of the High Court’s verdict.