The Samajwadi Party president and chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday condemned the hanging of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Yadav said the US had shown unnecessary haste in sending Hussein to gallows.
In a statement the chief minister said the US move had inflicted severe blow to restoration of peace in West Asia. Yadav said the ousted President was also deprived of proper opportunity to defend himself in the court. He said trial proceedings were carried out against Hussein without enough evidence.
The chief minister said the contribution of the Saddam Hussein in the development of Iraq could not be negated and he strived to give a distinct identity to Iraq at the global level.
The SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma said that hanging of Saddam Hussein had proved that US President George Bush was the biggest terrorist in the world.
He said Hussein's hanging was in fact murder at the instance of the US. Verma said that Saddam's trial could have been done at the international court.
The Revenue Minister Ambika Chaudhury also assailed the US for the hanging. He said such farce justice could prove disastrous for the world.
The former Prime Minister VP Singh and Jan Morcha president Raj Babbar also condemned the hanging. Singh said it was result of high-handedness of the US. Pointing out that Hussein was a trusted friend of India; Babbar said Jan Morcha would launch movement on the issue. Singh said the Congress-led UPA government failed to bring pressure on present Iraqi government to save Hussein's life.
The national general secretary of BSP Nasimuddin Siddique said it was result of dictatorial attitude of the US. He said the US had taken a hasty decision to take revenge on Hussein. Siddique said the court trial was partial and he was not given proper hearing. However Siddique appealed to the Muslim community to maintain peace.
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