'Maya's order on local bodies election threatens democracy'
TNN, Jun 22, 2010, 06.31am IST
LUCKNOW: The UP BJP will observe June 26 as Loktantra Bachao Diwas
(save democracy day). Talking to the media on Monday, Lucknow MP Lalji
Tandon said that the move is a mark of protest against chief minister
Mayawati's arbitrary and widely opposed decision to disallow local
bodies election on party lines. This is not only condemnable but also
an alarming development aimed at throttling democracy, the MP said and
added that the BJP was committed to oppose this move tooth and nail.
This controversial move by Mayawati, said Tandon, is strongly
reminiscent of the emergency era at the time of late prime minister
Indira Gandhi. Gandhi tried the same trick by trying to muffle the
voice of dissenting opponents in other parties and now the UP
government was indulging in similar measures which are sure to bring
disrepute to it, he said.
If the CM has her way and the elections are indeed held sans the party
lines, those elected to the local bodies will have dubious
credentials, the MP said. The move, he said, would only ensure entry
of mafia with black money in the mainstream which will sound the death
knell of people's participation at the grassroots. This, he said,
would be the surest way of turning 'Swaraj' to 'goonda raj'.
To register a formal protest, all mayors belonging to the BJP will
collect in Lucknow on June 23 and march to the Raj Bhawan to present a
memorandum to UP governor, Tandon declared.
The Lucknow MP also slammed Mayawati for acting as a big deterrent to
women uplift. Being a woman herself, she has maintained a studious
silence on the issue of women reservation instead of campaigning for
the cause, he said. He also urged the chief minister to roll back the
offending decision lest she suffered the same fate as that of Mrs
Meanwhile, Congress party will observe a black day on June 24 to lodge
protest against the move. Congressmen will burn the copies of the
government order in this regard and wear a black band on their arms.
UP Congress will also observe a Chetawani Diwas (warning day) at all
divisional headquarters, the date for this will be finalised shortly,
said the chief spokesperson, UPCC, Subodh Shrivastava. If the chief
minister dares go against the popular wishes even after this, the
Congress party, Shrivastava said, would organise a massive public
rally in Lucknow to challenge her might.
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