BSP plans anti-Congress stir on UPA’s first anniversary

April 18th, 2010 - 8:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party 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 said Sunday.
“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 rising prices.

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 Congress party.

“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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