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Cong flays sealing of petrol pump

THE STATE Congress on Saturday condemned the State Government?s action of sealing the petrol pump of Congress leader Amir Haider in Barabanki. The party said the government had become vindictive because Haider had complained against Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan to the Election Commission.

india Updated: Oct 22, 2006 11:05 IST

THE STATE Congress on Saturday condemned the State Government’s action of sealing the petrol pump of Congress leader Amir Haider in Barabanki. The party said the government had become vindictive because Haider had complained against Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan to the Election Commission.

Talking to newspersons here on Saturday, Haider, along with UPCC vice-president Siraj Mehdi, general secretary Hanuman Tripathi, MLC Nasib Pathan and others, said he had also written a letter to Governor TV Rajeswar about a major land scam, allegedly involving the Bachchan family and the State Government. He said the government had been harassing him to push the land scam under the carpet. Haider also said the government had sealed his petrol pump without any reason. While demanding a judicial inquiry into the matter, Nasib Pathan said he would raise the issue in the Vidhan Parishad.

Assailing the government action, the Congress leaders said the State Government had made a mockery of the rule of law. Haider said there were 22 petrol pumps, but the officers only raided his pump. They could not find any irregularity. He said his petrol pump was of the Indian Oil, but officers of Hindustan Petroleum accompanied the raiding party.

He said even after failing to detect any irregularity, the State Government had cancelled the licence. Haider said he was not even given any notice on the issue. Haider, in his letter to the governor, said the Election Commission had already initiated action on his complaint against Jaya Bachchan. He said the government had resorted to atrocities and there was a threat to his life. Siraj Mehdi said a delegation would meet the governor to demand a high-level probe into the matter.