BSP to launch stir for fresh notification on Ayodhya trial
The Times of India News Service
NEW DELHI: The Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to launch an agitation across Uttar Pradesh to protest against the state government's refusal to issue a fresh notification to expedite the trial in the Ayodhya demolition case.
The party's vice-president Mayawati said in a press conference here on Tuesday that the 11-point charter of demands, on which her party would start a movement from July 20, would form part of its manifesto for the assembly elections.
"From the state government's decision not to issue a fresh notification it has become clear that it is keen to save some of its senior leaders," she said.
In a clear indication of the party's eagerness for aligning the upper-castes and the business classes, she said the agitation would be directed against the incidents of abduction of industrialists and their family members in the state.
Mayawati affirmed that her party would in no way have an alliance with the BJP either before or after elections.
She accused Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh of joining hands with the BJP only to be in power. "Ajit Singh and Ramvilas Paswan are two politicians who want to be part of every government," she remarked.
The BSP leader said that during her visit to the village near Aligarh where several Dalits had been killed, the families of the dead had blamed the BJP for the incidents.
According to the 11-point charter of demands, the BSP favoured an increase in the job quota for the Dalits in proportion to their population. Mayawati said that her party would agitate for job reservations for the scheduled castes in the private sector.
BSP rules out alliance with BJP in UP polls
NEW DELHI: BSP on Tuesday ruled out any alliance with BJP before or after the coming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and announced it would launch from July 20 statewide stir against the Rajnath Singh government, in an apparent counter to the ruling party's campaign to approach villages in run-up to the polls expected by next March.
"BSP will contest the elections alone and we are confident that we will get the absolute majority," BSP vice president Mayawati told reporters here.
She dismissed reports regarding possibility of BSP-BJP alliance and asked "when did I say BSP will have alliance with BJP?"
Asked whether the party would have alliance with BJP in case of a hung Assembly, she said, "There is no question as we are confident of getting absolute majority."
"How can we have alliance with BJP, whose government we brought down at the Centre (in 1999)," she asked.
Mayawati said she would launch a statewide agitation, including rallies and dharnas, in Uttar Pradesh from July 20 highlighting various issues and failures of the BJP-led government.
BJP has already launched a campaign to reach out to the villagers.
Among the issues to be highlighted by the BSP are refusal of the state government to issue a fresh notification on the Ayodhya issue, government's decision to raise the retirement age and failure to fill the vacancies of reserved categories. (PTI)