Take lesson from Egypt and paralyse UP govt: Mulayam

Mulayam Singh Yadav

* SP to launch statewide agitation from March 1

Samajwadi Party will launch a three-day statewide agitation from march 1to protest against alleged misrule of Mayawati government.

This was announced by the SP's national president and former CM Mulayam Singh Yadav on the last day of his party's state-level conference in Gorakhpur city. In his concluding speech at the conference, Mulayam appealed his party workers to take a lesson from the revolution in Egypt and force Mayawati to leave the throne like former Egyptian president Mubarak. However, he made it clear that there must not be violence during the agitation.

"Sarkari kamkaj thapp (Government works should come to a complete halt)," Mulayam explained the nature of the agitation. Insiders in the SP said the party is finding it difficult to stop infighting among leaders at ground level and so sees an agitation a way to mobilize the workers before the next Assembly elections due in 2012.

According to him, the party is also facing pressure from the ticket aspirants to declare the names of the party candidates at the earliest possible. "The agitation will force them to make the stir a success to in the hope of getting the party ticket," said a source.

Mulayam also referred to the infighting within the organisation in his speech. "Your target should be Lucknow and Delhi. But instead you look at the politics of your Mohallas (localities)," he said.

Fearing the agitation might create problems for public, Mulaym has targetted only work in government offices. Giving the example of Mubarak's resignation in Egypt, Mulayam exhorted party workers to force Maywati to step down.

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