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JDU rift out in open

A CLEAR rift has emerged in Janata Dal (United) over the party's role in UP. While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (U) president Sahard Yadav have launched a campaign against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior party leader George Fernandes on Monday lauded him (Mulayam Singh) for organising a conference of political detainees of the Emergency era. Patting the chief minister, he said, ?We should all be ready to fight the Congress?.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2006 01:44 IST

A CLEAR rift has emerged in Janata Dal (United) over the party's role in UP. While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Janata Dal (U) president Sahard Yadav have launched a campaign against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, senior party leader George Fernandes on Monday lauded him (Mulayam Singh) for organising a conference of political detainees of the Emergency era. Patting the chief minister, he said, “We should all be ready to fight the Congress”.

The Bihar chief minister had addressed a series of public meetings in Varanasi, Mirzapur and Jaunpur on Sunday. However, Fernandes today chose to share a dais with Yadav to launch an attack on the Congress. Fernandes said even his NDA Government could not visualize such a conference of MISA detainees.

Fernandes even asked Yadav to get two English books on the Emergency translated into Hindi. The chief minister, responding favourably, said a four-member committee headed by SP MP Mohan Singh would be constituted for this purpose. In the past also, Fernandes had attended the function organized by the state government.

Addressing the gathering, the NDA convenor said the MISA detainees' conference was held at the right juncture, as the country under the Congress-led UPA government had been facing a serious threat to democratic institutions.

Recalling sufferings of the Emergency period, Fernandes even targeted the CPI for supporting the regime three decades ago.

Earlier, SP vice president Janeshwar Mishra, delving into the past, said the party had extended support to Congress-led UPA government under some political compulsions. However, he said the UPA Government was in a mess and would not survive long. Mishra said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had no freedom to work and somebody else had been pulling the strings. He said such a situation could prove dangerous for the country. He also assailed the Congress for talking about the assets of Yadav. State party president Ram Saran Das, Mohan Singh and others also addressed the gathering.