VP's Jan Morcha demonstrates against Mulayam's 'misrule'
Lucknow, Aug 9 (UNI) A day after AICC president Sonia Gandhi gave a clarion call to oust the Uttar Pradesh government, Jan Morcha activists led by suspended Samajwadi Party MP Raj Babbar today attempted to 'gherao' the Vidhan Bhawan precincts here to protest the "misrue" of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government.
Jan Morcha today launched its 'bhrashtacharion gaddi choro' (corrupts leave power) agitation from Shahid Smarak in Kakori. The activists marched down to Vidhan Bhawan in an attempt to 'gherao' the building, which was thwarted by police.
Talking to reporters, Mr Babbar alleged the state government was working in the interest of industrialists and in the process short-changing farmers. ''Farmers' land is being acquired at throw- away rates to enable industrialists build real estate,'' he alleged.
Coming down heavily on SP general secretary Amar Singh, he said the Rajya Sabha member was more of a ''fixer than a politician''.
''You can see him standing with another international fixer these days,'' he said apparently referring to suspended Congress veteran Natwar Singh.
The Uttar Pradesh unit of CPI, also joined the demonstration. But in a slip up, while CPI activists reached Vidhan Bhawan around 1200 hrs, Jan Morcha members reached the spot two hours late.
CPI leader Ashok Mishra said the Mulayam government was embroiled in various scams. ''If a CBI probe into these scams is conducted, most ruling party politicians and several officials will land up in jail...we would ensure a CBI probe is held,'' he asserted.
Meanwhile, Mr Babbar claimed his organisation would hold a programme every 10th day to highlight the plight of UP farmers.
''Now, we will march to Dadri on August 17 to reclaim cultivation rights of farmers at the land acquired for Reliance Energy's Dadri power project.'' He claimed while Reliance was yet to start work on the project even after two years, farmers were being deprived of employment and cultivation rights.
On July 8, former Primer Minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Mr Babbar were stopped en route to Dadri to protest land acquisition for the power project.
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