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Cong's misdirected tirade would help BJP and BSP: Mulayam

Written by: Staff

Lucknow, Dec 5 (UNI) Targeting the Congress once again, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the Congress's efforts to rise to power in the state were misdirected, and BJP and BSP would gain in the 2007 assembly election.

''Congress is unnecessarily raking up non-issues, which will help BJP gain in the assmebly poll,'' Mr Yadav said intervening in the debate in the state assembly.

Reacting to Congress' allegation of using force against its leaders during the 'peaceful' dharna outside the council house on November 23, the CM said it was a wrong allegation and in fact, the Congress had provoked the policemen deployed there. Several Congress leaders and party workers had suffered injuries, when the police used force against them during the dharna.

''There is no iota of doubt that the Congress had provoked the administration and they are now levelling false charges to take political mileage out of it,'' he pointed out. Adding ''BJP and BSP are poised to gain by this Congress' misdirected agression.'' Earlier, the Congress members led by its legislator party leader Pramod Tiwari demanded apology from the government for 'unprovoked' police action against the peaceful agitators of the party. They also tried to corner the ruling party for indulging in the fight with Congress workers in Kanpur recently.

Congress members were a peeved lot after parliamentary affairs minister Mohd Azam Khan made an unrelishing remark on Union Home Minister of state Sri Prakash Jaiswal. The Congress members strongly objected to the comment and walked out in protest.

In another issue, the BJP, through an adjournment motion, blamed the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for fanning its workers' ire against the BJP activists during a bandh call in Saharanpur recently.

''The ruling party is clearly working against the constitutional propriety, which is detrimental to the country's democratic norms,'' leader of the opposition and the senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon alleged.

The argument from the government that the BJP was upset over the election of a Muslim chairman in the civic poll in Saharanpur. After 54 yrs, a Muslim chairman has been elected and the BJP was not relishing it, Mr Azam said.

It infuriated BJP members, who raised noisy scenes over the comment.


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