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SP Holds Protests Across UP On Price Rise, Corruption

Samajwadi Party on Tuesday  held protests across Uttar Pradesh on the issue of price rise and corruption, as its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav led the agitation in Lucknow before being taken into custody for violating
PTI January 19, 2010 17:41 IST
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Samajwadi Party on Tuesday  held protests across Uttar Pradesh on the issue of price rise and corruption, as its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav led the agitation in Lucknow before being taken into custody for violating prohibitory orders.  

The SP marched along with his party workers and staged a sit-in at the main Hazratganj area here before being taken into custody by the police.  Yadav rode in a city bus to the police lines, enthusing his workers.  Police also baton charged protesting workers to prevent them from marching to the district magistrate's office, injuring several of them.  Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury claimed the agitation had been a success with workers all over the state holding protests in a forceful manner. 

He alleged the BSP government in the state resorted to "undemocratic ways to suppress the political agitation."  SP leaders said that today's agitation showed the party was a force to reckon with in UP politics despite some recent developments in the organisation, particularly Amar Singh quitting all party posts.

Yadav, who was later released by the police, said "Its not fair to lathi charge people like this. We have not done anything wrong as we were protesting peacefully. We want an explanation as to why our workers were lathi charged."  In Kanpur, SP workers took out a protest march till Bada Chowraha where the police stopped. SP leaders also handed over a memorandum on price rise to the district administration. PTI