The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to do a blanket withdrawal of 'political cases' against those agitating for 'public good'. The state's minister for Law and Legislative Affairs PC Sharma has said that the thousands of cases lodged during the BJP rule in the state, which spans to 15 years, will be withdrawn.
Sharma said that this would mean MP government will be withdrawing cases not only against workers belonging to its political fairweather friends but several farmers and government employees.
"The political cases against those agitating for public causes will be withdrawn. It may be against Congress, BSP, SP, Communist, Medha Patkar even... Cases from the past 15 years against those who had cases lodged against them for dharna pradarshan and rallies. Numbers of cases may run in thousands. We are doing this because people were fighting for their rights and the cause of the public. We are fighting for the cause of the public. We are taking back cases against journalists also, but there are fewer cases against them. More cases against government workers and farmers, and are related to agitations for the cause of the public
He also said that the move was not being taken after BSP Mayawati's leader's demand for removal of cases against political agitators.
"There is no question of any pressure. The day Kamal Nath took office this was declared," he said.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also seemed to give in to Mayawati's demand.
"Her demand is natural as there were cases against Dalits. After a probe one can find out whether those accused had really committed a crime. Sometimes innocents also get booked. Law must be implemented," he added.
Virtually putting the Congress-led governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on notice, BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday said she might have to "reconsider" her party's outside support to them if cases against "innocent" persons framed in Bharat Bandh on April 2 were not withdrawn.
"If the newly-elected governments in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan do not act swiftly and withdraw the cases against the innocent persons framed in Bharat Bandh, the BSP may have to reconsider extending the outside support to the Congress governments," she said in a hard-hitting press byte.
Mayawati had said the cases against the innocent people were framed out of political and caste considerations in Uttar Pradesh and other states including MP and Rajasthan, which were previously under the BJP. She said now that MP and Rajasthan are ruled by the Congress, the new governments should immediately withdraw such cases, failing which her party would have to reconsider its decision of extending outside support.