Enhancing trouble for Congress, Mulayam Singh joined the protest against Manmohan Singh's UPA government demanding rollback of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and fuel price hike.
The Samajwadi Party supremo, who is crucial for UPA government's survival post Trinamool Congress's (TMC) decision of pulling out support from the government, did not join NDA during its protest in Delhi.
Earlier, it was expected that Mulayam Singh would join BJP leaders while protesting against Congress but Netaji kept himself away from NDA leaders who along with many other opposition leaders observed Bharat bandh on Thursday.
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda were among those leaders who also courted arrest protesting against the government.
Former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad also have been detained in Bangalore and Patna, respectively. Massive protests led by BJP and Left party workers were held in Delhi and several other cities in the nation. BJP-ruled states came to complete stand-still on Thursday.