'Hang me if I am guilty. If not, allow me to live in peace'
Reformed bandit and Samajwadi Party MP Phoolan Devi is fighting a tearful battle these days -- against Mayawati, Kanshi Ram and their combined decision to reopen 55 'fictious' cases against her.
''Hang me if I am guilty. If not, allow me
to live in peace," the former bandit queen cries, ''Even without asking,
Mulayam Singh Yadav's government had withdrawn all
cases against me as I had already languished in jail
for 11 years without trial. But now...''
But now, the Mayawati government was
'politicising' the issue, hanging a Damocles's sword over her head.
''After more than 40 years of battling misfortune and harsh
environs, I am treated worse than an animal by a system that has
lost its sense of justice,'' she continues, "I am not able to fulfill the promise I made to my voters. Had I
known the cases were to be revived, I would not have contested!''
Firing a broadside at Bahujan Samaj party chief Kanshi Ram, Phoolan
said he was running a 'money-making machine' by exploiting the
the poor and backwards.
Phoolan reiterated her earlier threat of immolating herself at Kanshi Ram's doorstep. "Before that, I will sit on dharna from Independence day,"
But whatever happens, the MP assures, she will not take up the gun again.