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State, SP gear up for general strike today

THE RULING Samajwadi Party has made elaborate arrangements for a general strike against ?anti-people policies? of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre on Tuesday. In view of the hostility of SP workers towards the Centre, the police department has also planned tight security arrangements all over the State. It will be the first SP-sponsored general strike after the party came to power in August 2003. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the CPM have also extended support to the SP.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2006 01:10 IST

THE RULING Samajwadi Party has made elaborate arrangements for a general strike against “anti-people policies” of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre on Tuesday. In view of the hostility of SP workers towards the Centre, the police department has also planned tight security arrangements all over the State.

It will be the first SP-sponsored general strike after the party came to power in August 2003. The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and the CPM have also extended support to the SP. Though SP general secretary Amar Singh called for the general strike in MP, Maharashtra, West Bengal and other States as well, the party will mainly concentrate on UP to bring life to a halt on Tuesday.

While Amar Singh will lead the demonstration in Lucknow, PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav will participate in the stir in Farrukhabad. Other ministers who will participate in it are: Ahmad Hasan (Faizabad), Naresh Agarwal (Hardoi), Dr Ashok Bajpai (Unnao) and Khwaja Halim (Mathura). Samajwadi Party vice- president Janeshwar Mishra will lead workers in Allahabad, general secretary Beni Prasad Verma in Barabanki, Rewati Raman Singh in Varanasi and Akhilesh Yadav in Kannauj.

Party president Ram Saran Das assailed the Centre for failing to solve the problems of the people. He said the party had given the call for people’s participation in the general strike against the Centre.    

The SP, which is at loggerheads with the UPA Government, has targeted the Centre over the recent increase in prices of petrol and diesel.

Through the general strike, the party also wants to demonstrate its strength in the State. Instead of a ‘bandh call’, the SP has preferred a general strike on the pattern of the Left Front in West Bengal to ensure direct participation of the people.

The SP leaders will hold a demonstration at district headquarters to protest against the Central Government. The party has directed the frontal organisations to ensure proper participation in the agitation.  

Interestingly, the VP Singh-sponsored Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) has also given call for demonstration tomorrow against the hike in diesel prices and import of
Australian wheat. While CPM general secretary Prakash Karat has supported SP-led general strike, CPI general AB Bardhan has extended support to the JMA stir, which is also targeted against the state government. The JMA will hold a demonstration at Vidhan Bhawan.