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SP launches 'Mulayam Sandesh Yatra'

india Updated: Jan 01, 2009 15:48 IST

Samajwadi Party on Thursday launched "Mulayam Sandesh Yatra" to convey the views of its national president Mulayam Singh Yadav on the issue of extending reservation to more castes in Uttar Pradesh.

Party's state unit president and former minister, Shivpal Singh Yadav, flagged the 'Yatra' off here.

The yatra, led by senior party leader Dayaram Prajapati, will apprise the people as to how chief minister Mayawati withdrew the reservation facilities extended to 17 new castes by the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government, Singh told reporters.

The 'Yatra' would culminate in a rally in Mainpuri on April 6, which would be addressed by Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said.

Taking a dig into the state government, Singh said that it had been functioning as a "gang of officials and ministers who indulge in fleecing the people of the state to help the chief minister amass huge wealth".

A retired IAS officer, RV Bhaskar, belonging to the scheduled caste also joined the party on the occasion.

Bhaskar said he wanted to work for the benefit of Dalits, "who have been neglected even by the Mayawati government.

"Only Samajwadi Party is pursuing the policies of Dr Ambedkar. Other parties are just doing lip service," he claimed.