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Tripathi demands CBI probe

india Updated: Sep 16, 2006 11:48 IST

STATE Bharatiya Janata Party president Keshri Nath Tripathi today demanded CBI inquiry to identify ‘the Chief Minister and 12 MLAs’ of a northern Indian state who have been referred as agents of the ISI in a book written by a former joint director of the country’s top secret agency, Intelligence Bureau (IB).

He expressed serious concern over the increasing activities of terrorist outfits in the state and said that Uttar Pradesh was the safe haven for dreaded extremists and ISI agents mainly due to minority appeasement policy of the Mulayam Government.

Tripathi asked party workers to take full advantage of the prevailing resentment among people against the government and revive a 1991-like situation so that the BJP could return to power in the state on its own.

On the other hand, former Chief Minister and in-charge of the UP affairs Kalyan Singh today said that those who wanted to ‘desert’ the BJP were welcome to do so as it was time for ‘sudhikaran’ (purification) of the party. He also announced that if BJP came to power it would be credited to ‘joint efforts’ but if it failed, he is ready to take the onus.

Singh expressed his gratitude to party president Rajnath Singh for giving him the responsibility of UP and projecting him as the Chief Minister candidate, and clarified that the CM would be chosen by the elected legislators.

Inaugurating the one-day state party working committee meet at the Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Nirala Nagar here on Friday, Keshri Nath Tripathi said that 34 of the 70 districts in the state were terrorist-affected. “Even after the CM admitted this in the Vidhan Sabha, the government was withdrawing pending cases against terrorists,” he said. He also questioned Mulayam Singh’s decision to give a clean chit to the SIMI.

Dubbing the Congress and the SP as two sides of the same coin, Tripathi said only the BJP was raising public issues in and outside the Vidhan Sabha while the BSP was busy in minting money by ‘auctioning’ party tickets.

He alleged that the UP Development Council was being used to benefit a few selected industrialists by giving them land at throw away price. He termed the distribution of sarees by the state government as an election stunt and disclosed that these, worth over Rs 250 crores, were being purchased from a big private textile company rather than poor handloom weavers.

Speaking on the occasion, Kalyan Singh reiterated party’s resolve of not going for any pre or post poll alliance with any party, as it had suffered in both kinds of experiments .

A political resolution, which expressed serious concern over law and order situation, criminalisation of politics, functioning of some bureaucrats as agents of the Samajwadi Party, increasing pollution, acute power and water problems and open loot of the state by a few industrial houses through the UPDC, was also passed at the meet.