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Congress behind Jaya disqualification move

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the move to disqualify Samajwadi Party?s Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan was the outcome of a Congress conspiracy.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 01:11 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today said the move to disqualify Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan was the outcome of a Congress conspiracy.

Only leaders of the Samajwadi Party were being targeted though nearly all the MPs and legislators held office of profit somewhere or the other in the country, said the chief minister while talking to media persons here.

Jaya Bachchan was the most deserving candidate to be a member of the Rajya Sabha, Yadav said adding the Samajwadi Party would not allow such a conspiracy to succeed. Three ‘Padma’ awards had been awarded to the Bachchan family, he said while listing names of Amitabh Bachchan and the late Harvansh Rai Bachchan, he said adding that the people of the country and the Samajwadi Party were behind Jaya Bachchan at this point of time.

Besides disqualification of Jaya Bachchan, moves were also afoot to disqualify Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh who held the office of Chairman Uttar Pradesh Development Council, he added.

The chief minister named some leaders, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress leader Karan Singh and Andhra MP Sibbu Reddy, who, according to him, held the office of profit. He said Sonia Gandhi was holding the posts of chairperson of trusts in the names of former prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. At the same time, Sonia enjoyed the rank of a cabinet minister, said the chief minister.

Dr Karan Singh was holding office of Chairman of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), he said adding that Sibbu Reddy was also holding office of chairman of a temple trust in Andhra Pradesh. The list was endless and he could provide list of legislators who were holding office of profit, said the chief minister.

Replying to a question, the chief minister however said he was yet to give a thought to file a review petition before the President or an appeal in a court of law against the disqualification move. People of the country would give a befitting reply, said the chief minister adding he had been a fighter and would continue to fight against such conspiracies.

Jaya Bachchan’s disqualification move was an attack on the federal structure of the country, said the chief minister adding the Samajwadi Party was being targeted for its growing popularity and for pursuing policies for people’s welfare.

A number of his government’s decisions, including the decision to provide unemployment allowance, had upset many, he said.