UP govt workers go on flash strike

UP strike

Uttar Pradesh government employees who are opposing reservation in promotions today went on a flash strike after they were allegedly beaten up by BJP workers at the airport here.

"We had gone to submit a memorandum to senior BJP leaders against the passage of the bill in Rajya Sabha as the party's national president Nitin Gadkari, too, was present when the incident happened," convenor of Sarvjan Hitay Sanrakshan Samiti, Shailendra Dubey, said.

The BJP brass is in the city to preside over former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's re-entry into the party.

Dubey alleged that former state president Surya Pratap Shahi had instigated BJP workers to carry out an unprovoked attack on the employees' group.

Dubey said that the incident took place in the presence of Gadkari, state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai and senior leader Kalraj Mishra.

"I have given a call for boycott of work and will hold a protest meeting in the afternoon," he said.

Later, at a demonstration near Vidhan Bhawan, the agitating employees demanded that Shahi and other party workers involved in the attack be arrested.

Dubey said that BJP should clear its stand on quota in promotions and oppose it in Rajya Sabha failing which none of the 18 lakh government employees and officers in UP would vote for the party in the upcoming polls.

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