Congress hits back at SP for attacking Sonia
The Congress today hit back at the Samajwadi Party for attacking Sonia Gandhi’s support for suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal and accused the ruling party was trying to hide corruption and illegal sand mining. HT reports. Amid Durga row, SP to vote against food security ordinancedelhi Updated: Aug 05, 2013 03:34 IST
The Congress on Sunday hit back at the Samajwadi Party for attacking Sonia Gandhi’s support for suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal and accused the ruling party was trying to hide corruption and illegal sand mining.
Party spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit dismissed SP's comments that the Congress president should also write a letter in support for Ashok Khemka, the Haryana IAS officer who had scrapped her son-in-law Robert Vadra's controversial land deals and was transferred.
“Both issues are totally different. That (Vadra's) was a civil matter. Khemka was transferred along with other officers and not suspended. Anybody could go to courts against it,” Dikshit said.
The Delhi MP also said that that Gandhi was within her right being a Member of Parliament from UP and the president of the country's largest political party to question administrative principle and ethics.
Gandhi had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, asking him to ensure that the young IAS officer is not unfairly treated.
The Congress spokesperson also used the opportunity to attack Akhilesh Yadav government and said governments are not "personal kingdoms" of the 15th century feudalism era where rulers can "say off with their heads".
Another young Congress leader and MP Jitin Prasada said Samajwadi Party is misleading the people by raising the bogey of communal tension to justify her suspension.
Left leader Gurudas Dasgupta joined the bandawagon seeking a discussion in Parliament on suspension of Nagpal. “This issue of victimisaton of honest officer should find a place of discussion in the Parliament,” he said.
First Published: Aug 04, 2013 20:35 IST