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People of Jaat Community vacate railway
tracks on Hon'ble Chief Minister ji's request
Central Government must take state governments
in confidence regarding sensitive issues of public interest
Central Government responsible for problems of common people
Lucknow: March 19, 2011
The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji has
held the Central Government responsible for the lackadaisical approach
regarding the blockage of railway tracks for several days by the Jaat
Community demanding reservation in the Central services. She said that
the Centre should have resolved the issue immediately as this matter
falls within the purview of Government of India. She said that the
agitators vacated the railway track today on the appeal of the state
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji was addressing media representatives
at her official residence here today. She urged the Central Government
that the state government should be taken into confidence in a sensitive
issue related with the public interest. She said that she supported the
Jaat Community's demand of reservation in the Central services, but the
issue had to be decided by the Central Government as the matter came
within its jurisdiction. She said that owing to blockage of railway tracks
the people had to face difficulties and the Hon'ble High Court had to take
notice of the problem.
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji suggested to the Central Government
to shun careless approach on issues like this and take a clear stand, so
that the law & order and life of the people were not adversely affected.
Besides, she once again requested to the members of the Jaat
community to consider the problems of the people and put their demands
before the Government of India in a disciplined manner. She further
requested them not to indulge in any such activity which may create
problems for the people. Moreover, she appealed to the Central
Government as well to solve the issue at the earliest.
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji said that the people had to face a lot
of problem as the railway tracks were blocked in an agitation against the
Central Government. She said that her Government held the Central
Government responsible for it. She said that when the Jaats sat on a
demonstration on railway tracks, then the Central Government should
have firmly cautioned them before discussing the issue and the Jaats
should have been clearly told that their demands would be considered
seriously but before that they would have to vacate the railway tracks.
Ms. Mayawati ji said that had the Central Government taken tough
measures earlier, then the people would not have suffered because of the
blockage of the railway tracks. She said that the Central Government had
totally ignored state government on this issue. She said that the state
government was under the impression that the matter would be resolved
and the Jaats would vacate the tracks.
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji said that owing to the careless
approach of the Central Government the railway tracks could not be
vacated. Owing to it, the Allahabad High Court and its Lucknow Bench
had to take suo moto cognisance of the matter. She expressed her
gratitude towards the Hon'ble Court that it cleared way for her
government to get the railway tracks vacated and the state government
complied with the order of the Hon'ble Court today itself.
Ms. Mayawati ji said that she had herself requested to the Central
Government yesterday to provide 50 companies of Central Forces by 5
p.m., but the Central Government did not provide the same so far. She
said that whenever the state government had requested the Centre to
provide security forces, the Centre had declined citing one reason or the
other. She said that it was indicative of political malice.
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji said that her government decided to
press its own limited security forces into service to vacate the railway
tracks. Besides, her government had decided to make one last appeal to
the agitators to vacate the railway tracks, so that a peaceful solution of
the problem could be arrived at. She said that her government had
prepared strategy yesterday (18 March 2011) and adequate forces had
been sent to the place of agitation. Besides, discussions were also being
held with the agitators, so that they vacated the railway tracks as the
people were facing difficulty.
Ms. Mayawati ji said that she had sent Cabinet Minister Chaudhary
Laxmi Narayan, Principal Secretary Home and D.G.P to Jyotiba Phule
Nagar this morning, so that the tracks could be evacuated peacefully and
the target was achieved. The agitators accepted the appeal and vacated
the railway tracks. It showed that the Government of India, under a well
thought strategy, wanted to drag the issue.
The Hon'ble Chief Minister ji said that ever since her party's
government had been formed in Uttar Pradesh with full majority, those
having casteist mindset had been trying to vitiate the law & order of the
state on the pretext of one issue or the other. She thanked the people of
her party and government and said that they had never allowed the
designs of her opponents to succeed.