Rajnath, Naqvi injured during rally against price rise
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Last Updated: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:24
Lucknow: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh and party vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday bore the wrath of Uttar Pradesh government while protesting against the rising prices here.

Singh, who spearheaded the demonstration, said that the government was trying to suppress people’s voice as the police lathicharged and used water cannons to stop BJP workers.

The ugly incident occurred when BJP workers clashed with police as they were prevented from moving towards the state assembly complex during a rally organised by the party against price rise, leaving many injured.

Protesters tried to march towards the assembly during the rally and got indulged in brick-bating when police tried to prevent them.

Besides Singh and Naqvi, the rally was also addressed by other senior leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and Vinay Katriyar.

Other than the party leaders, several people, including policemen, were also injured.

Initially, party president Nitin Gadkari was to spearhead the demonstration but cancelled his visit as he had another programme lined up in Jammu.

BJP rally a 'desperate attempt': BSP

Uttar Pradesh ruling BSP today said the BJP's rally against price rise here today was a "desperate attempt" to remain relevant after having "lost" its mass base in the state.

BSP state unit president Swami Prasad Maurya said in a statement that had the BJP been serious on the price rise issue its leaders would have staged an agitation in Delhi against the Central Government whose "faulty policies" had given rise to the problem.

"It is clear that price rise is a fallout of faulty policies of the UPA government and it would have been better had the BJP targeted the Congress led central government on the issue rather than staging a protest against the BSP government of the state which has taken every step on spot to check prices," Maurya said.

"Today's rally was a desperate attempt of the BJP which has lost its mass base in the state to remain in the news," he said.

Maurya alleged the BJP has always been taking the law into its own hands and therefore it gave a call to march towards a "prohibited area (Vidhan Sabha)".

He also accused BJP workers of indulging in stone pelting and damaging the barricades at the rally venue.


First Published: Friday, February 26, 2010, 00:24

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