BJP demands President's rule in UP

A day after BJP president Rajnath Singh was denied permission to visit riots-hit Muzaffarnagar, the party on Sunday petioned President Pranab Mukherjee to impose Central rule in Uttar Pradesh.

The BJP delegation led by Singh also demanded a probe by a Supreme Court-appointed judge into the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar and adequate compensation for the victims. “Lawlessness is prevailing in Uttar Pradesh. We apprised the President about it. There is an Emergency-like situation and no government exists in the state. So, we have demanded President’s Rule in UP,” Singh said after meeting Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Singh, along with BJP leaders and MLAs from UP, including Uma Bharati, Hukum Singh, Laxmikant Bajpayee and Satyapal Malik, submitted a memorandum to the President drawing his attention to the situation in the state.

“A Supreme Court-appointed judge should probe the violence and adequate compensation should be given to the victims,” Singh added.

UP Police have arrested three legislators who are accused of inciting the violence that left 48 people dead and about 40,000 homeless in Muzaffarnagar earlier this month.Among those arrested are two BJP MLAs along with one from Bahujan Samaj Party. The BJP president was refused permission by the state government to visit the violence-affected areas.

UP BJP legislative party leader Hukum Singh said, “People have lost faith in the government. So, there is no other alternative than imposing President’s Rule.”

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