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Beni Prasad Verma files papers from Ayodhya

india Updated: Apr 16, 2007 19:22 IST

President of Samajwadi Kranti Dal president Beni Prasad Verma filed his nomination papers from Ayodhya Assembly constituency in Faizabad on Monday.

He was accompanied by Dr Udit Raj , president, Indian Justice Party, and Congress leaders.

Addressing a press conference at Faizabad Press Club, Beni Prasad Verma said that Ayodhya area had been his field of social and political activities , and his aim was to defeat communal and religion-based politics of BJP in the name of Ayodhya dispute.

AICC secretary Nirmal Khatri, who was also present with Beni Verma, said that Congress party had decided to extend support to Beni Verma in Ayodhya constituency and it was hoped that his long political experience and personality would be able to change communal-based politics in Ayodhya.

Beni Verma said there was nothing wrong in the speeches of Rahul Gandhi about division of Pakistan and formation of Bangladesh in 1971.

The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had ignored the United States and supported the formation of the new nation. BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee and CPI leaders had supported Indira Gandhi at that time, but now BJP and CPI leaders were critical to Rahul Gandhi's speech on the subject.

Beni crticised the BJP 's move to project backward leader Kalyan Singh as the future chief minister. He said there was a big game going on and BJP secretary Ram Lal may be the actual nominee.

He said that most of his candidates would fight in the next four phases of election. He added that Congress with 150 seats could form the government with the help of SKD -IJP alliance that was expected to win 100 seats.

But Sonia Gandhi would decide who would be the chief minister, he said.

Earlier, Congress leaders accorded warm welcome to Beni Verma and Udit Raj on their arrival by a helicopter.

UP social welfare minister Awadhesh Prasad also filed nomination from Sohwal (R) seat in Faizabad.