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Dole for Loktantra Senanis

BRINGING political detainees at par with freedom fighters, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced an ?election time? bonanza for the 1975 Emergency ?heroes?.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 01:44 IST

BRINGING political detainees at par with freedom fighters, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today announced an ‘election time’ bonanza for the 1975 Emergency ‘heroes’.

Keeping the Congress in the firing line, the chief minister said MISA prisoners would get Rs 500 per month with effect from April 2006 and free bus passes in the State for two persons. He called them ‘Loktantra Senani’ (fighters for democracy) and said if voted back to power, they would get more largesse from the government.

Addressing the first-ever conference of Emergency detainees here on Monday, the CM said an ‘Emergency type’ situation was looming at the national level and there was urgent need to thwart the designs of the UPA government.

NDA convenor George Fernandes, SP vice-president Janeshwar Mishra, state SP chief Ram Saran Das and other party leaders were present at the conference, organised under the banner of Emergency detainees organisation.

Felicitation of the MISA detainees was aimed at painting the Congress in black, as the chief minister said that the younger generation should know the misdeeds of the Congress in the past. He said while the UPA government had been using all pressure tactics on his government, various political groups had joined hands against the SP.

The chief minister said a conspiracy had been hatched against all those industrialists who had associated themselves with the UP Development Council (UPDC). However, he said despite efforts, the Congress and BJP would not be able to come to power in the state for the next 10 years.

Enumerating the achievements of his government, the CM said it had been providing facilities to people under pressing circumstances. Pointing out the discrimination by the Central government, Yadav said his government had performed well on the revenue front without implementation of VAT. Accusing Congress president Sonia Gandhi of lying on the Rae Bareli issue, the chief minister said that Rs 1,100 crore had been provided to the district for development work and there was 24-hour power supply there.