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SP govt cancels holiday on Kanshiram death anniv

The Akhilesh Yadav government today cancelled the public holiday on the death anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshiram on October 9.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: October 7, 2012 5:43:15 am

The Akhilesh Yadav government today cancelled the public holiday on the death anniversary of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshiram on October 9.

Kanshiram,born on March 15,1934,founded the BSP in 1984 and died on 9 October 2006.

The BSP,after assuming power in 2007,had notified a holiday under negotiable instrument act on Nirvan Diwas (death anniversary) of Kanshiram. Another holiday — but not under negotiable instrument act — was declared on Kanshiram’s birthday,on March 15.

District Magistrate (DM) of Lucknow,Anurag Yadav said: “We have received a government order cancelling the holiday on October 9. However,there is no mention of cancellation of holiday on Kanshiram’s birth anniversary.”

This year,the BSP is set to return to ‘active’ politics in the state with a massive rally on October 9. This is the first public rally announced by Mayawati after she lost power to Samajwadi Party in the Assembly elections. Earlier,Mayawati had announced that she will declare her future political strategy — regarding support to UPA government — at the rally. Intensive campaigning is already been done by BSP leaders for making the rally a success. Leaders have spread out in every district to ensure maximum participation in the rally.

The holiday cancellation has given more fodder to the BSP supremo to train her guns on the ruling party. The BSP has already blamed the SP government as anti-dalit after several schemes named after Kanshiram and other dalit icons were scrapped by the state government. The main oppostion party had also criticised the role of SP after it opposed the quota in promotion for the reserved category in government jobs.

Meanwhile,reacting to the state government’s decision,Leader of Opposition in the Assembly and BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya said the move shows the SP government’s “anti-Dalit mentality”.

He said if the SP government cannot give any respect to the great men it should also avoid “snatching” honours given to them by the previous government. “But this government — instead of focusing on the deteriorating law and order situation — has been constantly playing with the honour given to these great men by the previous government led by Mayawati,” Maurya said.

He added that his party was taking stock of all the decisions of the state government and will take a decision on these at the right time. He said the government’s decision may have been intended at disturbing the BSP’s Rashtriya Mahasankalp rally to be held in Lucknow on Tuesday,but the rally will be successful as no BSP worker gets affected by such “absurd decisions” of the government.

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