LUCKNOW: Stung by the electoral setback of coming third in the Lok Sabha elections in UP, BSP chief and CM Mayawati announced she was reverting to CM Mayawati announced she was reverting to her traditional constituency saying her party’s priority is to bring back its Dalit agenda into focus.(PTI Photo) her traditional constituency saying her party’s priority is to bring
back its Dalit agenda into focus in order to consolidate the party’s support base.
This message was sent loud and clear by the CM in a high-level meeting here to review the law and order situation and the pace of development in UP. In a hard-hitting address to top officials, Mayawati underlined the need to give top priority to justice to Dalits.
She said officials found guilty of any lapse in enforcing the government’s priority programmes would be punished severely. ‘‘I would not mind even demoting IAS officers and sending the guilty to jail,’’ the CM said, adding that confidential reports of habitually indisciplined officers would be marked to such an extent that they never get promotions in their career.
Besides, district magistrates, district police chiefs, and divisional commissioners, the meeting was attended by top civil and police officers, including cabinet secretary, chief secretary, DGP and
principal secretary, home.
This was the first such meeting after the Lok Sabha poll. Prior to this, the CM had met her ministers, legislators and party functionaries separately. The return to Dalit agenda was due to the party’s poor performance in the just concluded Lok Sabha poll.