Mulayam, Akhilesh differ on law and order

SP chief concerned about crime, CM says all is well

 Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his chief minister son Akhilesh Yadav may share  similar views on most of the issues but hold divergent viewpoints on the issue of state’s law and order.

While Mulayam has been critical of his son’s government for its failure to effectively check the spiralling crime rate, Akhilesh finds everything on track.

“We have taken steps to improve the situation, the situation is improving, the government has (even) acted against the officials, who were lax in dealing with crime,” Akhilesh said.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, he said the government would not make any compromise on this issue.

The chief minister’s assertion is in complete contrast with the senior Yadav’s candid remarks made a few days ago.

“Had I been the chief minister, I would have set the law and order right in 15 days,” Mulayam had said a couple of days ago in Akhilesh’s presence.

“The district magistrates and the district police chiefs are responsible for the law and order, they should be acted against if there is any deterioration, they are not above the law,” Mulayam had said.

Opposition parties have also launched scathing attacks on the government for failing to control the spiraling crime graph in the state.

Mulayam, who had earlier also literally criticised his party’s government in the state for the poor law and order situation, even conceded that the law and order situation in Bihar had improved.

“Akhilesh too could do the same,” he had said.

The differences between the chief minister and Mulayam Singh Yadav have invited
flak from the opposition parties.

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