SP, Cong, BJP protest passage of Urban Local Self Govt Bill

Opposition parties including SP, Congress and BJP on Tuesday organised separate agitations across the state to protest passage of a bill proposing indirect elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies.

Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 19:49 PM IST

Lucknow: Opposition parties including SP,
Congress and BJP on Tuesday organised separate agitations across the state to protest passage of a bill proposing indirect elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies, and
said it will "promote corruption"

"The passage of the bill is unfortunate and the way in
which SP members were thrown out of the House shows autocratic
attitude of functioning of Mayawati government. Our party is
protesting the move and will continue to do so," SP leader
Shivpal Singh Yadav told reporters.

He said, "If we want to ensure democratic practices,
corrupt BSP government should be uprooted."
SP party activists protested against the Urban Local Self
Government Bill in front of the statues of Kanshiram and
Mayawati at Samajik Parivartan sthal.

The BJP members, led by state president Surya Pratap
Shahi sat on a dharna to protest the bill, which they termed
as a "black bill".

"The party is against the bill, which will be promoting
corrupt practices. We have also sought time from President to
apprise her about the bill so that she did not give her assent
to it," Shahi said.
Congress activists took out a march to mark their
protest, saying the bill was against the Constitution.

"The bill is against the Constitution and will promote
muscle power in the elections. We will again approach the
Governor to seek his intervention so that the Bill could not
come into effect," party leader said.

Similar protests were also held by these parties in Agra,
Gonda, Bahraich, Basti and other district against the bill.

The bill, tabled on February 14, proposes indirect
elections for mayors and chairmen of urban local bodies,
including municipal corporations, nagar palika parishad and
panchayats by its members instead of direct elections.

PTI