Friday, March 5, 2010

[ZESTCaste] UP names bridge after Ambedkar

UP names bridge after Ambedkar
Express news service Posted online: Friday , Mar 05, 2010 at 2318 hrs

Lucknow : Despite the UP government virtually hijacking the
newly-constructed bridge in Rae Bareli, which the Union Ministry of
Road Transport had funded, the Congress is trying to downplay the
issue. Party sources said the AICC has told the UP Congress not to
rake up a controversy.
So, even as PWD Minister Naseemudin Siddiqui, who had inaugurated the
bridge by remote in Lucknow on Wednesday, visited the spot and
announced its naming as Dr Ambedkar Dalmau Ganga Setu, Congress state
chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi condemned the state govenrment's action, but
added that there would be no state-wide protest.

"It is an issue which the the local Congress will deal with," said
Joshi, who was accompanied by Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod
Tewari. Joshi said that the bridge was a result of local MP Sonia
Gandhi's efforts and this fact would not change, whatever Chief
Minister Mayawati might do.

In Rae Bareli, Congress workers led by district Congress president Uma
Shankar Mishra, Sonia Gandhi's representative K L Sharma and Congress
MLAs from Rae Bareli and Amethi were prevented by the police from
going to Dalmau to hold a protest against Siddiqui's visit. "We were
stopped on the way and detained for over three hours", said Akhilesh
Pratap Singh, UPCC spokesperson.

BSP sources said that by inaugurating the bridge, Mayawati wanted to
send out a clear message among her Dalit supporters, who constitute
the core of the BSP, that she is not afraid of taking on Sonia in her
own constituency. Since the Lok Sabha elections, there have been signs
of a section of Dalits tilting towards the Congress.

Cong, SP take on UP govt

NEW DELHI: Agitated over two different issues, the Congress and the
Samajwadi Party mounted an attack on the Mayawati government in the
Lok Sabha on Thursday, forcing Deputy Speaker Karia Munda to adjourn
the House for 40 minutes.

Congress members, a bulk of them from UP, created a ruckus over Union
Minister of State for Road and Transport R P N Singh being prevented
from going to Rae Bareli to inspect a bridge, ahead of a planned
inauguration by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The SP members
repeatedly came into the well to protest against a lathi-charge on a
party rally at Bareilly.

Both Congress and SP camps first made an unsuccessful attempt to
disrupt Question Hour. While some half-a-dozen SP members trooped in
to the well, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee checked a group of
Congress MPs when they advanced towards the well. Munda brought the
situation under control after 10 minutes with an assurance to the
members that he would allow them to speak during Zero Hour.

Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said the UP Government had committed a
breach of privilege by stopping the minister at Munshiganj while he
was proceeding towards the bridge. This, according to him, amounted to
his arrest. BSP members, led by Dara Singh, tried to counter him, but
without success. Pal said the matter concerned the House because Singh
was a member and also a Central minister.

Even otherwise, a citizen had the fundamental right to go anywhere.
The Centre had already written to the state on February 17 that the
bridge, built with Central funds, would be inaugurated by the UPA
chairperson in the second week of March. Pal was supported by SP
member Ghanshyam Anuragi.

SP member Shailendra Kumar raised the issue of a police lathi-charge
on a party rally, led by leader of the Opposition in the

UP Assembly Ahmad Hassan. "There is no law and order in UP," he said.
Thereafter, SP members moved into the well prompting the Deputy
Speaker to adjourned the House.


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