Lucknow: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and BSP president Mayawati today asked Governor BL Joshi to take cognisance of the prevailing law and order situation in the state and recommend the imposition of President's rule.
"Under the prevailing dismal law and order situation and corruption I would request the Governor to himself take cognisance as per the constitutional provisions and recommend imposition of President's rule in the state," Mayawati told newspersons in Lucknow.
Referring to the scheduled visit of the President to Lucknow on Tuesday for the 125 year celebrations of the Uttar Pradesh assembly, she said the Governor should place these facts before Pranab Mukherjee.
"Though I myself and my party MPs can also put these things before the President, but then there would be an attempt to brand them as guided by political vendetta to set them aside," Mayawati said.
Crime under the Samajwadi Party government has increased as compared to other states, she alleged, adding that those against women and girls have alerted the people.
Referring to the case of a Dalit girl in Noida, she said it was a recent example as to how the police allegedly tried to "hush up" the whole affair by attempting to cremate her late in the night but failed because of vigilant locals and the media.
"It is most unfortunate that Samajwadi Party government instead of controlling crime, it has been putting all its strength for hushing it up," she accused.
The state government was also making big announcements for diverting the people's attention from issues, she said.