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Civic polls results give SP tough time

Drubbing of Samajwadi Party in Local polls has fanned impending political discontent as parties gear to besiege Mulayam Govt, reports Umesh Raghuvanshi

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 13:51 IST

Taking a cue from a favourable outcome of urban local bodies poll-the major political parties have worked out programmes to launch demonstrations and agitations to ride on the anti-Samajwadi Party mood reflected amongvoters of the metropolitan towns in Uttar Pradesh.

Almost all the major political partieshadadopted an-anti-SP stance inrecent months. The outcome of urban local bodies poll has provided them an occasion to step up their campaign against Mulayam Singh Yadav's government. Call it public posturing or their will to encash the anti-Mulayam mood.

As the Vidhan Sabha elections inch closer the main political parties are indulging in a game of one-upmanship to score a point in Mulayam bashing.

Be it the main opposition- the BJP,the Bahujan Samaj Party or the Congress (extending outside support) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) the main alliance partner of Mulayam Singh Yadav government- each of them is making efforts to distance itself from Mulayam government.

Take the case of BJP. There had been allegations that the SP and the BJP had a tacit understanding. A division persisted within the BJP over the demand to impose President's rule in Uttar Pradesh. The State BJP though had raised the demand time and again, the party's central leadership remained opposed to the view.

So the State BJP leaders and the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav continued to have cordial relations despite their opposite public postures.

Significantly,at one point the State BJP even shied away from going to Raj Bhawan to submit a memorandum against the Samajwadi Party led government.

Instead the party leaders opted to meet the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to draw his attention towards 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, the party has also given indications of playing the role of an active opposition in the state now. The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) has also announced that party would launch the much-awaited 'jailbharo' agitation against Mulayam Singh Yadav government from November 20, 2006 to November 27, 2006.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had asked the Congressmen to launch the 'jail bharo' agitation at Bareilly rally on September 20, 2006. The UPCC however delayed the programme on the pretext of festival season and making preparations for the urban local bodies elections.

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

The Bahujan Samaj Party has also announced to launch an agitation against Mulayam Singh Yadav government from November 30, 2006.

An old ally,BSP had remained a strong opponent of the Samajwadi Party in the recent years. Of late the BSP ,however, had not launched any major programme to make public display of its ire against Mulayam government.

Now the BSP has decided to beat the effigies of Mulayam Singh Yadav with lathis before burning them in different districts from November 30, 2006.

Similarly the RLD has also distanced itself from Mulayam government though it remains an ally. After extracting the maximum in terms of share in Vidhan Parishad and Rajya Sabha seatsRLD 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 elections.

Other political parties the CPI (M) and the CPI too have given indications of launching an agitation against Mulayam government soon.

Umesh Raghuvanshi, email

First Published: Nov 14, 2006 13:51 IST