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Cong flays UP Govt on pump sealing

It says the Govt has become vindictive due to Amir Haider's move against Jaya Bachchan, reports Masoodul Hasan.
None | By Masoodul Hasan, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 22, 2006 05:54 PM IST

The state Congress on Sunday condemned the state government action of sealing a petrol pump of a Congress leader Amir Haider in Barabanki. The party said that government had become vindictive because Haider had complained against Rajya Sabha member Jaya Bachchan to the election commission.

Talking to newsmen, Haider, along with UPCC vice president Siraj Mehdi, general secretary Hanuman Tripathi, MLC Nasib Pathan and others said that he had also written a letter to the governor TV Rajeswar about a major land scam involving the Bachchan family and the state government. He said the government had been harassing him to push the land scam under the carpet. Haider said the government had seized his petrol pump without any reason. While demanding judicial inquiry into the matter, Nasib Pathan said he would raise the issue in Vidhan Parishad.

Assailing the government action, the Congress leaders said the state government had made mockery of rule of law. Haider said there were 22 petrol pumps, but the officers only raided his pumps but could not find any irregularity. He said his petrol pump was of Indian Oil but officers of Hindustan Petroleum accompanied the raiding party of officers. He said even after failing to get any irregularity, the state government had cancelled the licence.

Haider said he was not even given any notice on the issue. Haider, in his letter to the governor, said the election commission had already initiated action on his complaint against Jaya Bachchan. He said the government had resorted to atrocities and there was threat to his life. Siraj Mehdi said a delegation would meet the governor to demand high- level probe into the matter.

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