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SP in damage-control mode

WITH THE Supreme Court issuing notices to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in property case, the ruling Samajwadi Party has launched a massive damage control exercise. The party today fielded former advocate general Virendra Bhatia and Bhagwati Singh (both MPs) to take on the Congress on the issue.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 01:31 IST

WITH THE Supreme Court issuing notices to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in property case, the ruling Samajwadi Party has launched a massive damage control exercise. The party today fielded former advocate general Virendra Bhatia and Bhagwati Singh (both MPs) to take on the Congress on the issue.

Jointly addressing newsmen here, the two SP leaders assailed AICC president Sonia Gandhi for carrying out a tirade against Yadav. While the apex court had sought details of income tax returns of Yadav, Bhatia said it had been done on the instigation of Sonia Gandhi. However, he hastened to add that the Congress was instrumental in the PIL against Yadav. Bhatia said Yadav had already announced his assets in the affidavit filed before the returning officer in the last Assembly election. Claiming there was no addition to the property, Bhatia said IT returns would be submitted to the court within the stipulated period.

Bhatia said the PIL filed by Vishawanath Chaturvedi was a Congress conspiracy to tarnish Yadav’s image. He said even if a CBI probe was ordered nothing would come out against Yadav. Bhatia said the UPA government had adopted double standard in the cases connected with Mulayam Singh Yadav and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. While in Mulayam Singh’s case the Centre had supported CBI inquiry, in Lalu Yadav’s issue it said the case was politically motivated. He said the government had also not initiated probe into Rs 180 crore property of BSP chief Mayawati. Bhatia said during his tenure as advocate general, three files had come to him in which there were clear corruption charges against Mayawati.

Bhagwati Singh said the Congress, shaken over developmental activities in UP, had launched witch-hunting against the chief minister. He said there should also be probe against Sonia Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders. Singh said there would be a general strike against the UPA government on June 13 to protest massive price hike.