BSP calls for UP bandh on May 31 against petrol price hike

As Rahul Gandhi vowed to go to every nook and corner of Uttar Pradesh to fight against the UP government, chief minister Mayawati was busy issuing guidelines to her party men for a nationwide protest against the Congress-led UPA government.

Lambasting the UPA government for the hike in petrol price, Mayawati on Wednesday said the party would observe a daylong nationwide bandh on May 31 to protest against the steep rise.

At a meeting where all the MLAs, MPs, office-bearers and party workers were present, the SP'>BSP supremo issued directions for the nationwide protest, and said: “The hike in petrol price will have a cascading effect on increasing the inflation rate further. The agitation would mark the start of the campaign to make people aware of the anti-people policies of the UPA.” Maya’s move is being seen as a counterattack on the Congress’s and especially Rahul’s campaign against her over the farmers’ unrest owing to land acquisitions at Bhatta Parsaul in UP’s Gautam Budhnagar.

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