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Cong not to field candidate

THE UTTAR Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid today said his party would not field any candidate against Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 01:24 IST

THE UTTAR Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Salman Khurshid today said his party would not field any candidate against Samajwadi Party candidate Jaya Bachchan.

There was no point in fielding any candidate in the by-election, as the Samajwadi Party -led government which had the majority in the Vidhan Sabha, would ensure victory to its candidate, said Khurshid. The Congress had only 16 MLAs, he said and added none of the Opposition parties had got in touch with the Congress to field a joint candidate against Jaya Bachchan.

His party would not follow the footsteps of the Samajwadi Party that had fielded a candidate against Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha by-poll, he said. Khurshid also flayed Mulayam government for what he called deteriorating law and order situation and incidents that reflected that the authority of police was being undermined.

In order to prove his point, Khurshid listed incidents of Farrukhabad (where the SSP was beaten up by his subordinate) and Tuesday’s action packed drama involving five youths who drove CO Chowk Rajesh Sahni on the bonnet of their jeep. A Congress delegation led by him even went to the Raj Bhawan, urging Governor TV Rajeswar to conduct an investigation into the points raised by the party and take strict action. Khurshid announced that the Congress would soon launch a “Jan Sunvai” programme to enable people to raise their voice against Mulayam government. Under the proposed programme the Congress would provide forum to people to make their point, said Khurshid.

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 01:24 IST