BJP MPs Protest Against Power Crisis in UP

BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh today staged a day-long dharna in Lucknow as part of a state-wide agitation against alleged power crisis and poor law and order situation in the state.

Around 50 MPs from the state, led by president of UP unit, Laxmi Kant Bajpai staged a dharna at the GPO Park in Hazratganj to protest against "power crisis, poor law and order situation and other public issues", BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.

Accusing Akhilesh government of neglecting BJP MPs, Bajpai alleged that officers were not taking cognisance of the local problems being raised by them.

"The state is facing flood and drought situations, power crisis is worsening day by day, but Akhilesh government which is involved in appeasement politics is overlooking the plight of the people," he alleged.

He said that BJP would protest against "anti-people policies" of the government at every level.

BJP had won 71 out of 80 seats during Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year.

Addressing the dharna, Bajpai alleged that ever since the Akhilesh Yadav government has come to power, law and order has "hit rock bottom" and there was "spurt in henious crimes, including rape, murder, loot and abduction".

He further alleged that incidents of atrocities against women and girls have "created a record" in the country.

National General Secretary, Ram Shanker Katheria alleged that due to vote-bank politics of the government, "several riots have taken place" one after another.

He said that repeated incidents of crimes against women have brought disrepute to the state.

Attacking the government, he said the government has failed on expectations of the people and the SP government was venting its frustration by neglecting BJP MPs.

Pathak said similar dharnas were held at the district- level by local units.

The decision to stage state-wide dharna was taken during the state executive meeting held in Vrindavan last month.

Later, BJP MPs led by Katheria, Bajpai and state general secretary (organisation) Sunil Bansal, met Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and submitted a memorandum.

In the memorandum, the leaders sought the governor's interference and demanded that 20-hour power supply should be ensured in urban and rural areas.

"There is no rule of law in the state. The CM had himself admitted in the Vidhan Parishad that rape cases increased by 49.54 per cent between January 2013 to December 2013 and 12.9 per cent of the total crime in the country was taking place in UP," the memorandum said.

It said that keeping in view the "deteriorating law and order", immediate measures need to be taken to improve the situation.

The MPs also intimated the governor on payment of dues to cane farmers, and asked that flood and drought-affected districts should be declared immediately.

BJP has 71 MPs from UP, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra, Uma Bharati, Maneka Gandhi and Santosh Gangwar.

In Amethi, BJP workers staged a protest against the state government on the premises of the Collectorate at Gauriganj.

The protesters had marched to the Collectorate under the leadership of district president Daya Shankar Yadav.

They submitted a memorandum to the Governor of the state, demanding immediate dismissal of the Akhilesh Yadav government in the state, alleging that it had turned a blind eye towards the problems of the people.

The memorandum, addressed to the Governor, was received by District Magistrate Jagat Raj Tripathi, Yadav said.

In the memorandum, the party has mentioned problems of poor power supply in the district, poor condition of the public distribution system, deteriorating law and order conditions, acute shortage of chemicals and fertilisers, besides other issues, he said.

MLA Tej Bhan Singh was among the party leaders who participated in the protest.

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