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Major parties step up anti-Mulayam crusade

TAKING A cue from the outcome of the urban local bodies poll, major political parties have worked out programmes to launch demonstrations and agitations to cash in on the anti-Samajwadi Party mood of urban voters.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 01:34 IST

TAKING A cue from the outcome of the urban local bodies poll, major political parties have worked out programmes to launch demonstrations and agitations to cash in on the anti-Samajwadi Party mood of urban voters.

Almost all the major political parties have planned to step up their campaign against the Mulayam Singh Government. As the Vidhan Sabha election inches closer, these political parties are indulging in a game of one-upmanship to score a point in Mulayam bashing.

The BJP , the BSP, the Congress and even SP ally the RLD are making efforts to distance itself from the Mulayam Government.

Take the case of BJP. There have been allegations that the SP and the BJP enjoy tacit understanding. There is division in the BJP over the demand to impose President’s rule in Uttar Pradesh. The State BJP had raised the demand time and again the party’s central leadership remained opposed to the view. So State BJP leaders and Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav continued to have cordial relations despite their public postures of being rivals.

At one point, the State BJP even shied away from going to the Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum against the SP-led Government.

They preferred to meet  Mulayam Singh Yadav to draw his attention towards the deteriorating law and order situation and demand action against those responsible for perpetrating atrocities on BJP workers. Elated over the success in the urban local bodies poll, the BJP has not only demanded imposition of President’s rule but also gave indications of playing the role of an active Opposition in the State.

The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) has also announced to launch its the much-awaited ‘jail bharo’ agitation against the Mulayam Government from November 20.

Sonia Gandhi had asked Congressmen to launch the ‘jail bharo’ agitation at the Bareilly rally on September 20 last. The UPCC, however, delayed the programme on the pretext of festive season and making preparations for the urban local bodies election.

Those who had soft corner for the Chief Minister may now use the occasion to distance themselves from his government.

The BSP has also announced to launch an agitation against Mulayam Government from November 30. An old ally, the BSP had remained a strong opponent of the Samajwadi Party in the recent years.

Of late, however, the BSP had not launched any major programme to make public display of its ire against the Mulayam Government.

Now, the BSP has decided to beat the effigies of Mulayam Singh Yadav with ‘lathis’ before burning them in different districts.

Similarly, the RLD has also distanced itself from the Government but is still its ally. After extracting the maximum in terms of share in Vidhan Parishad and Rajya Sabha seats, RLD chief Ajit Singh has begun criticising the Mulayam Government. Singh has time and again cornered the Mulayam Government on law and order issue. There are indications that the RLD may further distance itself from the Mulayam Government once the State inches closer to Vidhan Sabha election.

The CPI (M) and the CPI, too have given indications of launching an agitation.