BSP plans anti-Congress stir on UPA's first anniversary
April 18th, 2010 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS -
Lucknow, April 18 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party
(BSP) has planned a series of anti-Congress demonstrations across the
state May 22 when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government
completes the first year of its second term in office, a party leader
"Our main aim is to highlight the failures of the Congress-led UPA
government that completes one year in office May 22 and to expose how
the party (Congress) had been only making false promises to the
downtrodden classes across the country," a top state BSP leader told
IANS here, on the condition of anonymity.
BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's close
confidantes and cabinet ministers holding many portfolios Naseemuddin
Siddiqui and Babu Singh Kushwaha have been told to ensure that party
functionaries, right down to the grassroots level, were activated to
tell the people how the Congress party had "failed to control" the
The party leaders have also been told to highlight the "anti-Dalit"
tilt of the women's reservation bill initiated by the Congress.
The BSP is also looking to counter the impact of Congress general
secretary Rahul Gandhi's "chetna yatras", flagged off April 14 at an
impressive rally organised to mark the 119th birth anniversary of
Bhimrao Ambedkar from Ambedkar Nagar town named after the architect of
the Indian Constitution, about 180 km from here.
The "yatras" were sent off in ten directions to cover the entire state.
Mayawati is understood to asked all BSP district level units to remain
on the alert and not to get influenced by "gimmicks" played by the
"Remember to drive home the point that Rahul Gandhi was simply trying
to mislead the Dalit community by staging melodrama of sharing a meal
or spending a night in Dalit homes," she is stated to have conveyed to
all key party functionaries.
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