Congress, RLD demand probe into Rahul's allegations
The Congress on Wednesday pressed the Uttar Pradesh government for a probe into party general secretaary Rahul Gandhi's claim that mounds of ash containing human remains were found in Bhatta-Parsaul village of Greater Noida. The demand was supported by the Rashtriya Lok Dal.india Updated: May 18, 2011 16:50 IST
The Congress on Wednesday pressed the Uttar Pradesh government for a probe into party general secretary Rahul Gandhi's claim that mounds of ash containing human remains were found in Bhatta-Parsaul village of Greater Noida. The demand was supported by the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who is in Varanasi, said the party stands by Rahul Gandhi's statement.
"We stand by every word Rahul Gandhi has said," Digvijay Singh told news channel CNN-IBN.
He also said Gandhi only repeated what was told to him.
"What he has said is on the basis of his stay in that village, consultations with the farmers, people from that area, this is what I am saying. If the chief minister (Mayawati) is so sure of what she has said, then she should order an investigation," Digvijay Singh said.
The state's ruling Bahujan Samaj Party had refuted Gandhi's claim, calling it "baseless" Tuesday.
But Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, which has of late been coming closer to the Congress, also supported Gandhi and asked the state to probe the issue.
"He holds an important position in the Congress. He is a parliament member from Uttar Pradesh, he says he went there and he has some photos, the government should conduct an inquiry," Ajit Singh told reporters.
Gandhi Monday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with some farmers and handed over pictures of ashes with bones, injured people and ransacked houses in Bhatta-Parsaul. He also said the state government had committed rapes and other atrocities on local people.
Bhatta-Parsaul was hit by violence following a clash between the Uttar Pradesh government and farmers over land acquisition.
Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi said: "The matter should be investigated. If it is not correct, it is all right, but if it is correct it is a very serious matter. Even if the women have been beaten mercilessly, it is a serious matter. Whatever may be the fact, they must come out with it," he said.
"He was not present there, he went later on...whatever must have been told to him, he must have repeated that," Dwivedi told reporters. "If you go after some incident, whatever people tell you, you repeat that."