Akhilesh behind tapping: Bhola
THESE DAYS Congressmen of all hues seem to simply love Mulayam Singh Yadav bashing, a ?mantra? they have of late discovered not only to win applause for themselves but also to rejuvenate the struggling party.india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 00:38 IST
THESE DAYS Congressmen of all hues seem to simply love Mulayam Singh Yadav bashing, a “mantra” they have of late discovered not only to win applause for themselves but also to rejuvenate the struggling party.
Sample this. At the first convention of PCC delegates held at Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters here, All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary Bhola Pandey, plane hijack ‘fame’, even gave a new twist to the phone tapping controversy saying it was Mulayam’s MP son Akhilesh Yadav who got Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh’s phone tapped.
Akhilesh Yadav paid the money to tap phones to settle a family dispute, said Pandey while leveling serious allegations against Amar Singh and demanding a CBI probe into the entire phone tapping episode. Pandey said Mulayam was leading a party of criminals and he should find a place in jail. His observations generated heat. As his remarks included serious allegations against Samajwadi Party leaders and UPCC Organisation Incharge Satyadev Tripathi apparently wanted Pandey to calm down. This further strengthened Pandey’s anti-Mulayam resolve. “Tripathi is also from Etawah. He may not have liked it,” said Pandey.
At this point, Salman Khurshid intervened and asked Pandey to behave. Though Pandey refrained from making any more personalised comments, he was an instant hit with the Congressmen present.
Most of the leaders, who spoke at the convention also, attacked Mulayam. Addressing the convention, AICC general secretary (Incharge UP) Ashok Gehlot said the Mulayam rule must come to an end and the Congress would have to project itself as a reliable alternative to stake its claim to power. He said the coalition politics had only weakened Congress in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress’ move of accepting the position of a junior partner in its coalition with the Bahujan Samaj Party was also wrong, he said.
The Vidhan Sabha elections were due after a year and two month and the Congress would have to accept the challenge of gaining power, said Gahlot while asking Congressmen to give up their differences and join hands.
Others who attacked Mulayam and asked Congressmen to come forward to take up people’s cause included Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakah Jaiswal, Union Minister for Small Scale Industry Mahavir Prasad and senior party leader Mohsina Kidwai.
A political resolution passed at the convention also condemned what it called prevailing ‘jungle rule’ and ‘mafia raj’ in the state. It said the Mulayam government was focusing on development of only the Chief Minister’s native village.
Listing various scams reported during the Mulayam government’s tenure, the resolution said the Centre should take appropriate action to end the Mulayam government’s rule.
Later talking to media persons UPCC president Salman Khurshid said Mulayam Singh Yadav was in league with the BJP. By indicating that he could reach some broad understanding with the BJP, he had betrayed feelings of people, said Khurshid.
Replying to a question Khurshid remained non-committal about the demand for dismissal of the Mulayam government though he said various issues were to be considered before taking any decision on the issue.