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Raj Babbar criticises Bachchan's UP campaign
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | February 24, 2007 23:46 IST
Addressing an impressive joint rally at the sprawling Ambedkar Maidan in Lucknow, they not only gave a call for Dalit-Muslim unity, but condemned all but the Congress party.
Each of the three leaders trained their guns at the ruling Samajwadi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party and well as the Bahujan Samaj Party -- which incidentally were seen as the key political players in the electoral battle to be fought barela a month and a half from now.
Singh and Paswan announced in Lucknow that their respective political outfits were thrashing out a strategy to jointly contest the forthcoming assembly poll. Singh heads the year old Jan Morcha whose convenor, actor turned politician Raj Babbar took the opportunity to make an emotive appeal to both Dalits and Muslims to strengthen the new alliance.
To provide them another shot in the arm came Mulayam's cabinet colleague and rebel Haji Yaqoob Quraishi, who openly flayed is on chief minister. Quraishi has joined the United Democratic Front, floated by Delhi's Jama Masjid Imam Maulana Ahmed Bukhari, as an essentially Muslim political party.
Despite the fact that Paswan hails from Bihar and completely lacks political base in UP, he managed to gather crowds at his rally. People were brought from his home state by six special trains hired by LJP.
While on one hand, the three leaders flayed the UP chief minister for the "deplorable" law and order in the state, on the other they lambasted Bahujan Samaj Party for digressing from its original ideological path , as also decrying the Bhartiya Janata Party for playing communal politics.
Raj Babbar trained his guns on Big 'B' Amitabh Bachchan, who as UP government's official brand ambassador had been busy campaigning for Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"I respect Amitabh Bachchan as a great artist , but it was high time he gave a thought to what he was doing -- giving UP a certificate for good governance and for a great law and order , when he was fully aware of the ground realities", Barran remarked.