UP police arrests BJP leader Rajnath Singh in Ghaziabad

The Uttar Pradesh police today arrested senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh, who had gone on a 24-hour hunger srike at Ghaziabad, in support of agitating farmers in Bhatta Parsaul village in Greater Noida.

Mr Singh had started his hunger srike at 1100 hrs and was joined by senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and NDA convener and Janata Dal(U) leader Sharad Yadav.

Mr Singh said the farmers plight and "deteriorating" law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh had forced the BJP to launch the hunger strike.

"The farmers in the state are being deprived so that some builders can be benefitted," he added.

Reacting to the arrest of Mr Singh, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha alleged that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was behaving like a dictator.

"In a democracy, if the state government will behave like this, then people will teach her a lesson," Mr Sinha said.

The former finance minister added that it was the responsibility of the political parties to reach out to the affected farmers when they have issues of forcible land acquisition and compensation.


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