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Babbar may be US agent: SP

GIVING A new turn to the Raj Babbar controversy, the Samajwadi Party, on Monday, accused the US Embassy of hatching a conspiracy to destabilise the party. The party said it was a matter of investigation whether Raj Babbar had been working as an agent of the US.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST

GIVING A new turn to the Raj Babbar controversy, the Samajwadi Party, on Monday, accused the US Embassy of hatching a conspiracy to destabilise the party. The party said it was a matter of investigation whether Raj Babbar had been working as an agent of the US.

Talking to newspersons here, SP general secretary Mohan Singh said at a time when the party unit in Agra was preparing to oppose US President George Bush’s visit to the Taj City, the activities of local MP Raj Babbar were certainly suspicious and could be at the behest of the US Embassy in New Delhi. Singh said the way US envoy David Mulford had been issuing statements on the internal affairs of the country, the possibility of US making efforts to damage and weaken the SP could not be ruled out.

He said the party would thoroughly probe into the matter. When it was pointed out that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had blamed the Congress for the Babbar row, Singh said the Congress and the US envoy were interlinked.

He also said Amar Singh was a senior leader of the party and nobody would be allowed to target him. Singh said he would talk to Babbar on the issue. Justifying former US President Bill Clinton’s visit to Lucknow last year, Mohan Singh said the party was opposed to the Bush administration and not the US.

Referring to India’s vote against Iran at the IAEA, Singh said the party had decided to organise a countrywide protest day on February 18. He said the party would also table an adjournment motion on the issue in the Lok Sabha.

He said rallies would be held at the district level and the party would submit a memorandum to President APJ Abdul Kalam. The Congress-led UPA Government did not even take the Left Front and other constituents into confidence before voting against Iran on the nuclear issue, he added.

Singh criticised the UPA Government for “surrendering its independent foreign policy to the US”.

He also said the Ministry of External Affairs was toeing the US line.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 01:06 IST