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Mayawati demands dismissal of Khattar government

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

president today demanded immediate dismissal of the Khattar over the violence in Haryana, saying such "shameful surrender" to votebank politics needed to be condemned.

In a statement, she expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives in the state after the frenzied followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh went on a rampage within a few hours of the pronouncement of the judgement by a in the 2002 case.

"The Khattar should be immediately dismissed for its absolute laxity and involvement leading to large-scale violence after the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief on rape charges," said.

"This kind of shameful surrender for politics of vote needed to be condemned by all," she said.

alleged that the votebank politics of the and the criminal negligence of the Manohar Lal Khattar was responsible for the loss of lives.

She alleged that the state government failed to follow the strict orders of the in ensuring rule of law and it needed to be dismissed immediately but the and the top leadership continued to be lax.

She alleged that the government of invited anarchy, extended protection to it and then apparently bowed before it just as had been done in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

The chief claimed that it was sad that the government was not ready to comply with orders on auctioning the Dera's property to compensate for the losses but extended him VVIP treatment despite his conviction.

She also urged the court to take notice of it.

Mayawati asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Army chief to take note that "Army was not used to control the situation but was only used for staging a flag march".

Criticising BJP MP Sakshi Mahraj for his defence of the Dera chief, she alleged that such statements showed the BJP leaders' narrow thinking and mentality towards women.

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First Published: Sat, August 26 2017. 14:57 IST