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Maya vs Rahul: BSP calls for UP bandh
LUCKNOW, May 20 (Agencies):
Published on 20 May. 2011 11:19 PM IST
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Desperate to turn the heat against the Congress-led UPA government for hiking petrol prices, BSP supremo and UP chief minister Mayawati has given a clarion call to her party workers to stage a state-wide bandh on May 31.
In its attempt to make the impact of the bandh, the party has also coined a new slogan for the occasion: “The Congress ka haath, punjupatiyon ke Saath” (The hand of the Congress, which is also its symbol is always sympathetic to rich people.”
A decision taken by her at a meeting of her party functionaries, including ministers, MPs, MLAs and coordinators, besides office bearers, is apparently a shrewd move on her part to press the Congress against the wall.
What has emboldened her is the latest forensic report that shows no traces of burnt human bodies in any of the six samples of ashes collected from Bhatta Parsol villages in Noida, which was the site of recent clashes between farmers. The report received here on Thursday has thus discredited AICC general secretary, Rahul Gandhi for leveling false allegations against the state government.
Thus taking a potshot at the Congress, Mayawati has asked the party functionaries to make the bandh a success in order to create mass awareness about anti-people policies of the “insensitive” Central government.
The bandh sponsored by the government, is expected to have a wide spread impact on UP with the ruling BSP men working overtime to make it a success. By holding demonstrations at all district headquarters in the state, Mayawati has said that the party would chalk out a programme for a nation-wide agitation against the alleged anti-people decisions and flawed economic policies of the UPA government.
Questioning the timing of latest hike, she said though the international rates of crude oil shot up to Rs 120 per barrel in February this year, the prices were not increased as Assembly elections were scheduled in five states.
“Now when the prices have come down to Rs 99 per barrel, the Central government has increased the prices. This proves that the decision is guided by selfish and political motives,” she explained.
The petrol price, she said, had been increased to serve the interest of corporate houses, which are set to be rich by Rs 4.5 lakh crore.
“Petrol prices have been hiked 12 times since April 1, 2008. There are indications that the prices of diesel and LPG will also be hiked any time now, adding to the problems of the middle and poor classes,” she said, adding that her government in the state had taken various steps to keep prices under check, such as lowering VAT on diesel and kerosene.

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