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Cong downplays Amar Singh's remark

delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2009 16:25 IST

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Downplaying Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh's statement accusing the Centre of using the CBI as a "sword", Congress on Tuesday said that UPA has never interfered nor will it interfere in the functioning of the investigating agency.

"UPA never interfered, nor will it interfere in the functioning of the CBI... Our track record in the last four-and-a-half years suggests so," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters in New Delhi.

Amar Singh, while referring to the disproportionate assets case against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, had said on Monday, "We supported the Congress-led government which has crossed all limits to fix its opponents".

Tewari said the CBI was a professional and an autonomous body and functioned without any interference. "The politics of Congress is not based on enmity," he said.

"Congress does not go around lodging DA cases against individuals," Tewari said.

Asked about the future of the Congress-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, he said, "the talks are on".

"Our talks with SP for an alliance are on. The alliance with SP will be for the Lok Sabha elections and then for the Assembly elections without conceding our political space". Tewari side-stepped queries on charges by Yadav that Congress was going soft on BSP, keeping in mind the next Lok Sabha elections.

"The next government will be formed on the basis of the mandate of the people. Our effort is to give the people (in UP) an anti-BSP alliance," Tewari said.

On Yadav's accusation that UP Governor T V Rajeswar was "impressing" Congress that BSP may help it form the next government at the Centre, Tewari said the party does not comment on the constitutional posts.