Cong demands CBI inquiry into blast in Hubli JMFC court

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Bangalore, May 12 (UNI) Alleging the presence of communal forces behind Saturday's blast in JMFC Court in Hubli to gain political advantage in the elections to the state Legislative Assembly, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson V R Sudarashan today demanded CBI inquiry into the incident to unearth the truth.

Addressing newspersons here, Mr Sudarshan said that the handiwork of communal forces behind the incident cannot be ruled out.

Pointing out that the incident occurred when the court was closed due to second saturday holiday and amid heavy security due to election access to the court was not that easy.

He also stated that the timing of the blast was also significant as it happened on a day when people in 11 districts were exercising their franchise for the first phase of elections for the Karnataka Assembly.

Referring to notice issued by Election Commission against Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde for the alleged violation of election code of conduct, Mr Sudarshan said a reply was sent to Election Commission authorities on the issue. ''The Union Minister did not violate any code of conduct as charged by EC'' he said.

Mr Sudarshan, however, took exception to EC's silence over the Congress party's complaint made against former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa who had allegedly violated the election code of conduct recently in Koppal. ''Mr Yeddyurappa had made derogatory remarks against Congress which amounts to violation of election code of conduct,'' he said.

He said the Koppal district Congress committee also lodged a complaint against Mr Yeddyurappa but so far no any action was initiated. ''Any delay in initiating action on Mr Yeddyurappa would amount to denying justice to Congress'' he alleged.

UNI MV MSP SP HT1625

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