For the first time since its formation in 1984,BSP workers Thursday chose to block roads at different places in the state to protest against the vandalising of party president Mayawatis statue at Ambedkar Memorial earlier in the day.
In Lucknow,BSP workers,led by state president Ram Achal Rajbhar,Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Swami Prasad Maurya and BSP national general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui,blocked the road outside the Assembly for about two hours. They squatted on the road,while party workers kept chanting slogans against the SP government. Traffic on the busy Hazraganj-Lucknow railway station road also came to a complete halt.
BSP workers also blocked roads in several districts Deoria,Jhansi,Muzaffarnagar,Gorakhpur and Amebdkar Nagar.
Around 7.45 pm,Siddiqui announced the partys decision to end the protest on Mayawatis instructions. He said the former chief minister never wanted people to suffer because of the partys protest. She is against protests that cause trouble to common people. So she has instructed us to end the demonstration, Siddiqui said.
Siddiqui gave 24 hours to the state government to repair the statue and take action against those who had damaged it. Besides,the statue should be replaced by a new marble statue within a month,he said.
Maurya said Thursdays incident only highlighted the return of goonda raj in the state.