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In UP, every day is some special divas: The Asian Age

Last Updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 09:20

Lucknow: Every state has its days and Uttar Pradesh is having more than its share these days.

Political protests in the state are transforming into a wide variety of "Divas" and a look at some of the days being observed would make even the most creative minds put on their thinking caps.

The Bahujan Samaj Party, on Wednesday, observed "Sharam Divas" across Uttar Pradesh and asked the Congress to be ashamed of its misdeeds.

The Congress retaliated by asking the people to observe "Bhay Divas" (fear day) since the BSP government has instilled a sense of fear in every citizen.

The practice of observing these unique days began in 2002 when Ms Mayawati, the then chief minister, held a massive "Dhikkar Rally" in Lucknow to protest against a statement made by Samajwadi president Mulayam Singh Yadav in which he had termed the Ambedkar memorial as an "aayashi ka adda".

The Samajwadi Party returned the fire by organising "Thu Thu" rallies across the state to "criticise and condemn" Ms Mayawati for accepting the Bhartiya Janata Party support.

A few months later in April 2003, Ms Mayawati organised a "Pardafash" rally in Lucknow.

First Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 09:20

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