CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav's decision to provide MISA/DIR detainees of the Emergency era with pension has snowballed into a major political controversy in the State.
While the ruling Samajwadi Party has demanded inclusion of a chapter on the Emergency in school textbooks, the Congress on Sunday assailed the government for honouring Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh leaders, who were actively involved in the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya.
Talking to newspersons here on Sunday, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pramod Tiwari said a list of Yadav's beneficiaries included “the mosque wreckers”. Condemning the government's move to bestow the title of “fighter for democracy” on such leaders, Tiwari said the SP's behind the scenes hobnobbing with the Sangh Parivar had now been exposed.
Tiwari said instead of giving pension to MISA detainees, the chief minister should have directly announced felicitation of RSS workers. The Congress leader said the chief minister had long been close to Sangh leaders, but now it had come out into the open. He said, according to records, most of the beneficiaries of the government's pre-election dole were RSS men. Tiwari said comparison of “mosque wreckers” to “freedom fighters” was quite strange.
“The chief minister owes an apology to the people for the insult to freedom fighters,” he added.
The Congress leader said felicitation of NDA convenor George Fernandes at the MISA detainees' conference had amply demonstrated Yadav's closeness to the BJP.
Tiwari said felicitating Fernandes was akin to feting the BJP.
The CLP leader asked the chief minister to summon a special session of the State assembly so that the SP-BJP tie-up could be exposed in the House.
Tiwari alleged Yadav's third front dream included the BJP. Fearing defeat, the SP Government was avoiding holding local bodies' elections in the State, he said.
The civic poll process was to be completed by June 30 as per law, but the government could not meet the deadline, he added.