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Demand for law minister's resignation meaningless, says Selja

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ambala, April 27, 2013
First Published: 19:13 IST(27/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:02 IST(28/4/2013)

Terming the Opposition's demand for the Prime Minister's resignation on the alleged coalgate scam irresponsible, union social justice and empowerment minister Kumari Selja lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) saying that for the past nine years it was indulging in mere rhetoric and was only demanding resignations.

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She was talking to mediapersons at her residence here on Saturday. She termed the demand for law minister Ashwani Kumar's resignation over CBI director's alleged affidavit in the Supreme Court equally meaningless.

She said that the logjam created by the party over the JPC report on 2G was reckless, as the finance, railway and other important bills such as the land acquisition bill were to be passed.

She said: "As elected representatives, we owe it to the nation and the parliament should be allowed to function normally."

In reply to a question, she said that there were no chances of early elections.

When asked about the recurring incidents of atrocities on Dalits in Haryana with reference to Pabnawa (Kaithal) caste violence, she said it was a matter of concern adding that the state government should be more resolute in dealing with such incidents and these should not have happened especially, when the Congress was in power both at the Centre and the state.
 
Reiterating her allegations of discrimination in development works in her constituency, she said that in 2009 she had endorsed the long-standing demand of residents for freehold properties in Ambala during a rally in presence of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, when the CM was also present, but the state government has taken no action so far despite her taking up the matter with the CM every now and then.

On attack on Sarbjit in Lahore jail she said it was 'unfortunate'. She, however, refused to comment on the Chinese incursion in Ladakh terming the matter 'sensitive'.

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