Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal sat on a three-hour fast in Kanpur on Saturday to protest against the alleged neglect of his parliamentary constituency by the SP government,even as BJP and SP staged counter-protests.
Attacking the government,Jaiswal said many projects in Kanpur,such as NTPC power project in Billaur,were being delayed. This,despite Centre releasing funds for most of the development projects in the city. He also accused the state government for not adequately spending the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) fund for the city and questioned the quality of the completed works,especially sewerage. He had announced his fast in a press conference in Kanpur on Monday.
He also attacked SP over the complete breakdown of law and order in the state,adding that Incidents of rape,eve-teasing and other crimes have become rampant.
BJP Maharajpur MLA Satish Mahana too staged a three-hour dharna with local BJP leaders at Bada Chauraha,about a kilometre from Ghanta Ghar where Jaiswal staged his hunger strike. Mahana said that he staged a dharna to lodge his protest against the hunger strike of the Union Minister,terming it a drama ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Jaiswal has been Kanpur MP for 15 years. UPA allies SP and BSP have also ruled UP in the past 10 years but Jaiswal never made any effort to meet the chief minister on the issues related to development of Kanpur, he said,accusing Jaiswal of not making efforts for completion of various projects.
SP Sisamau MLA Irfan Solanki too staged a dharna with party workers at Yatimkhana for two hours against the Congress party and BJP and burned an effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Terming the Congress-led government at the Centre as anti-Muslim, he said the Union Coal Ministry has adopted 20 parks in Kanpur for development but none of these parks are in Muslims-dominated areas. He also termed the hunger strike of both Jaiswal and BJP MLA Satish Mahana a drama.