Khanduri asks Congress to refrain from mudslinging

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Dehra Dun, Oct 5 (UNI) Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri today rubbished the Congress allegation that he was the main reason behind the Muzaffarnagar episode in which eight people were killed in police firing and many women reportedly molested, saying the the Congress should refrain from mudslinging.

Maj Gen Khanduri told reporters flashing the letter written to him by the then Union Home Minister that the allegation did not bear any weight. ''It was on my request that the probe was ordered by then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao and finding the allegation false, the government had shot me this apology letter,'' he said.

Lately, the Congress in the state had alleged that Maj Gen Khanduri, during the statehood movement of Uttarakhand had written a letter to the Union Government stating that thousands of activists, including ex-servicemen were heading towards the national capital, heavily armed.

When intercepted by police at Rampur Tiraha and Muzaffarnagar, they refused to relent and the police resorted to firing.

Maj Gen Khanduri, reiterating his statement that the Congress and Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav were Uttarakhand's 'enemy number one', said it was during his period that the infamous episode took place and the Congress was supported by the Samajwadi Party. He recalled that he had urged the Prime Minister to withdraw support but in vain.

He said that Congress should refrain from low level politics of mud slinging. ''Whenever Congress finds itself without any agenda it takes up the Muzaffarnagar episode. It should avoid any baseless statment,''he added.

When asked about the cooperation from Union Forest and Environment Ministry for financial asistance for raising four Eco- Battalions in Uttarakhand, the Chief Minister said nothing positive had come up so far from there. ''I have again written a letter in this regard,'' he said, adding that the Union Ministry should clear its intention so that further action could be taken.

He maintained that if the Union Environment Ministry said ''no'' to financial assistance, the state government would go on its own to raise the proposed battalions.

UNI

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