Calling Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh “a gungi-behri (deaf and dumb) sarkar” and alleging connivance between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Youth Congress workers held a protest in Lucknow Tuesday. The protest was led by Youth Congress’ national president Amrinder Singh Raja Brar.
The protesters, including MLAs as well as party’s Legislature Council leader Naseeb Pathan, courted arrest after they were not allowed to move towards the Vidhan Sabha. The party had planned to gherao Vidhan Sabha, which was in session, but were stopped as the police used water canons and mild lathi-charge.
Congress had held the protest on 12 issues, including pending payment of sugarcane farmers, closed sugarmills, delay in providing assistance to farmers affected by drought and hail storm, loan waiver to farmers, rise in electricity prices, delay in implementation of Food Security Act in the state, rising unemployment figures in the state, alleged bias towards MGNREGA, alleged deteriorating law and order, removal of NSA imposed on party’s Varanasi MLA Ajai Rai, addressing issues of weavers and control of Japanese Encephalitis.
Party leaders later gave a memorandum addressed to the Governor on these issues.
Earlier in the day, before starting their march towards Vidhan Sabha, Brar and other leaders held a meeting at party headquarters. Brar alleged that SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had given free hand to BJP in the state under pressure from CBI. Brar alleged that there was an understanding between Mulayam and Modi. He further said that Tuesday’s march was a mere starting of Congress fight against BJP and Mulayam’s attempt to divide the society. “We are not going to talk about caste or religion but would only raise public issues,” said Brar asking Youth Congress workers not to indulge into brick-batting with the police in case they were stopped on their way.