Mayawati meets UP governor, seeks President’s rule

Lucknow, April 19 (IANS) Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati Friday took her battle of words with arch rival Samajwadi Party (SP) to Raj Bhavan, meeting Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi to demand imposition of President’s rule in the state.

Accompanied by confidante and party general secretary S.C. Mishra, the former chief minister told the governor that the law and order machinery in the state has crumbled under the Samajwadi Party (SP) government, making it a fit case for invoking Article 356 of the Constitution.

In the meeting with the governor for over ten minutes, the BSP chief handed over to him a memorandum seeking central intervention, citing the 28 communal riots in the past one year.

She told Joshi that under such circumstances when the minorities were falling victim to lawlessness and people at large also faced a similar fate, it was imperative that the Akhilesh Yadav government was dismissed and President’s rule imposed.

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