Cong, BJP should join agitation against Mayawati govt: Mulayam

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Lucknow, Jan 13 (UNI) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress should join his party's agitation against the misrule of the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh.

But in the same breath he maintained that the three parties should join hands for the agitation and not the coming Lok Sabha polls.

His statement assumes importance in the backdrop of the uncomfortable relationship the two parties share. Mr Yadav had often blamed Congress for not allowing his previous regime in the state to run easily.

Addressing media here after meeting the Governor, Mr Yadav clarified that senior party leader Janeshwar Mishra had only said that Congress should join hands with SP against its fight with the Bahujan Samaj Party government. ''He had not mentioned that the two parties should jointly contest the coming Lok Sabha elections,'' he added.

To a poser, the SP supremo said he would be delighted if the BJP also helped his party in the ongoing agitation against BSP government.

The ongoing protests by Samajwadi Party against Mayawati government's decision to ban students' union elections took an ugly turn last week when Mr Yadav's sibling and state unit working president Shivpal Singh Yadav was slapped by a policeman.

The party had launched a state-wide agitation against the action and demanded CM's resignation over the issue. In Etawah, a student was killed when police was forced to open fire to quell a protest.


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