The Samajwadi Party General Secretary Beni Prasad Verma said that former defence minister George Fernandes was welcome to the party and efforts were going on in this direction. He however said Fernandes should first leave the BJP-led National Democratic Front (NDA).
Talking to newsmen in Lucknow on Tuesday Verma refused to comment on the CBI FIR against Fernandes in Barak missile scam. He said CBI case would in no way hamper his entry into the party. Verma said “we have learnt politics under his guidance”.
Referring to on-going controversy over capital punishment to conspirator of terrorists attack on Parliament Mohammad Afzal, the SP leader said the BJP had unnecessary raked up the issue. Refusing to explain the party line on the issue Verma said the matter was pending before the President APJ Abdul Kalam and the SP would react only at appropriate time.
Interestingly playing soft on BSP chief Mayawati by calling himself “her elder brother” Verma paid glowing tributes to Kanshi Ram. He said Kanshi Ram had done selfless service to the people.
The SP leader also assailed the Congress-led UPA government of not effectively taking up the Supreme Court case about OBC reservation in higher education. He said deliberately some lacunae were left to weaken the case in the court. He said a countrywide rapid survey should be conducted to remove the discrepancies in the reservation bill so that proper reply could be given in the court.
Verma said both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi were not sincere to the interest of OBC and Muslims. Enumerating the measures taken by Mulayam Singh Yadav government for Muslims, Verma said the Congress had only been making tall claims about services to the community.
Verma also flayed the former Prime Minister VP Singh for doing nothing for OBC during his regime. Verma said VP Singh simply issued a government order for the implementation of Mandal commission report to serve his vested interest.