BJP to launch protest against Centre, UP govt on corruption

The BJP on Saturday said it will launch a series of rallies from April 9 in Uttar Pradesh to protest price rise and "corruption" in the state government.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 13:54 PM IST

Lucknow: The BJP on Saturday said it will launch a
series of rallies from April 9 in Uttar Pradesh to protest
price rise and "corruption" in the state government.

"These rallies, to be addressed by party president Nitin
Gadkari, will be organised at Meerut, Gorakhpur, Varanasi,
Faizabad and Agra," BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told
reporters here.

He said these rallies will focus on inflation, alleged
corruption of Mayawati government, atrocities against Dalit
women and poor law and order situation in the state.

Terming SP and BSP as the "two pillar of corruption" of
the Union government, Prasad said, "While BSP`s letter of
support still exist, Mulayam Singh Yadav is too eager to enter
the government. When signals were coming from south regarding
threat to the UPA government he went to the extent of saying
that there was no threat to the government," Prasad said.

He said that when a cut motion was brought in the
Parliament in April last year, BSP had said it would not let
the government fall.

"There are host of scams including CWG, 2G spectrum and
Hasan Ali case," he said.

Without naming PJ Thomas, Prasad said despite Sushma
Swaraj`s opposition, a tainted person was intentionally
appointed as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, which was later
set aside by the Supreme Court.

On inflation, he said while price rise continues
unabated, the government has no road map to check it.

Prasad said it was unfortunate that atrocities were being
committed against women in UP, which have a woman chief
minister. "Six MLAs of the ruling party are accused in rape
cases," he alleged.

On WikiLeaks exposure where BJP leader Arun Jaitley was
quoted as saying to Robert Blake, the Charge at the US Embassy
in Delhi, that the party`s Hindutva ideology is opportunistic,
Prasad said the cables were personal assessments of the US
ambassador and there was nothing to worry with these "small
leaks" unless and until there is any interference in foreign
policy and internal matters.

On central Cabinet`s decision to give concession to ICC
in tax, the BJP leader demanded that the government should
disclose why it was done.

"Cabinet minister Sharad Pawar is also chairman of ICC,
how can he attend the Cabinet meeting?" he asked.

PTI