Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Tikait brings anti-Mayawati forces together

The Jat leader Mahendra Singh Tikait has suddenly hit headlines. As 10,000 policemen and PAC personnel surround his Sisauli village in Muzaffar Nagar, the heat is now on Mayawati, who not only faces the threat 0f losing Jat farmers' support but also a united opposition against her 'autocratic ways'.

In Sisauli, it appeared that the town had become a battle zone. All the lanes were turned into 'Morchas'. The handcarts were turned upside down to stop the cops from entering the village to arrest Tikait, who made casteist remarks about the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister.

With entire UP police top brass making strategy to arrest him, the 5000 strong Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) activists' force was ready to take on police and Provincial Armed Constabulary of UP police.

Mulayam Singh Yadav was quick to extend support to the Jat leader. Ajit Singh is already behind him. His lieutenant Anuradha Chaudhary was by his side. And Mahendra Singh Tikait, buyoed by the support of Congress and the cadres of even BJP, roared that he would not surrender.

Tikait's second hoorah may prove difficult for Mayawati. Long back he had come to limelight when all of a sudden he became a household name when he organised a huge rally at Boat Club in Delhi, the size of which had shocked political parties. With Mayawati antagonising every other party and all the leaders in UP, it seems Sisauli could be her Waterloo.

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