Samajwadi Party targets opportunistic Congress, but says will support UPA

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Agra (Uttar Pradesh) Aug.21 (ANI): Concluding a three-day National Conference here on Friday, a sulking Samajwadi Party leadership accused the Congress of being "opportunistic" and announced a mass agitation programme against UPA government, but ruled out withdrawal of outside support to it for now.

Having lost in four Assembly seats where bypolls were held in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party in a resolution also targeted the Mayawati Government in the state, saying it and the UPA were pursuing "anti-people" and "anti-national" policies.

It said that the Samajwadi Party had supported the Congress-led coalition at the Centre to weaken communal forces.

"But the government after announcing revolutionary steps to end unemployment, educational reforms and foodgrains support in 100 days, had done nothing so far in this regard," it alleged, while announcing the agitation against the Centre and UP government in January next year.

However, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, asserted that "there is no question of withdrawing support from UPA as of now.

"We will take to the streets against both Congress and BSP. We will launch a 'Jail Bharo' agitation between January 19 and 23, 2010 against BSP, during which both me and Kalyan Singh will court arrest," Yadav told reporters on Friday.

The political and economic resolution cleared by the party's national executive made no reference to SP withdrawing support from the UPA.

Asked about the results of bypolls to four assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, where two seats were wrested from it, Yadav said, "this is not the people's verdict. State government officials ensured BSP's victory. They had arrested our cadre to ensure our defeat."

The results are being seen as a setback for the party, which is trying to regain its position in the state after the 2007 assembly polls and the recent general elections.

"We want to make people aware why there is a need for an agitation against BSP in Uttar Pradesh. During this period, our party workers will hold meetings with the people at grassroot levels where they will highlight the weaknesses of the BSP government in UP," Yadav said.

He also cited the ongoing farming season as a reason for the timing of the agitation.

The SP lamented India "kowtowing to foreign powers and sacrificing the country's economic interests".

The government, the party resolution alleged, had failed to boost agricultural production, control prices, take action against food adulteration, tackle unemployment and give Indian languages their rightful place in official and court work.

It criticised the US and other developed countries for their "double standards" on the issue of greenhouse emissions.

It also referred to the alleged attempts by China to disturb the flow of Himalayan rivers which could result in environmental disaster for India. (ANI)

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