Non-BSP parties of UP support Tikait at 'Mahapanchayat' in Sisauli

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Lucknow, Apr 8 (UNI) In an apparent show of strength against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Mahendra Singh Tikait today organised a massive 'Mahapanchayat' in his native village Sisauli in Muzaffarnagar with the participation of all non-BSP leaders.

Tikait, who was arrested on April 2 under the provisions of Dalit Act for making casteist remarks against the Chief Minister and later relased on bail, did not seem to relent.

The Mahapanchayat had participation of Samajwadi Party MP Dharmendra Yadav, RLD leaders Ajit Singh and Ms Anuradha Choudhary, BJP leader Hukum Singh and Congress leader Avtar Singh Badhana, who expressed their solidarity with the BKU leader and vowed to join hands against Mayawati-led BSP government in the larger interest of the farmers.

The speakers at the rally discussed various issues concerning the farmers and decided future course of action against the ''injustice'' rendered to the farming community in the state.

Although the rally was expected to focus on various issues related to farmers and the state of agriculture, the political circle widely believed that the idea had political move behind it to corner the Mayawati government on farmer's issues.

Since March 30, all the political parties had come out in the open in support of BKU leader condemning the Mayawati government for its action against him.

Though Tikait had tendered his apology for using objectionable language against Mayawati, by organising the 'Mahapanchayat', he had given the message loud and clear that he would wage a battle against the BSP government.

The rally also appeared to be a realignment of forces against the BSP and aimed at breaking down Mayawati's Dalit-Brahmin-Jat combination in Western UP, which was instrumental in getting her to power in the last Assembly polls.

Mahapachayat, was of the view that all the parties should come together, otherwise the Mayawati government would continue to target individuals like it did to Tikait.

Various political parties, which were trying to win favour from the Jat community by forging an alliance with BKU leader much ahead of General Election in the country, assured him of support if required at the time of polls.


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