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Khurshid assails Mulayam Govt in Anant case

Khurshid said the possibility of big kidnapping shark with links in the govt cannot be ruled out, reports Masoodul Hasan.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2006 21:36 IST

The state Congress president Salman Khurshid assailed the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for kidnapping of three-year-old boy Anant in Noida. Khurshid said entire release drama of the boy indicated that kidnappers were connected with government machinery.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday the PCC chief said mystery was shrouding over the release of the boy.

Questioning the police theory about the rescue operation, Khurshid said the possibility of big kidnapping shark with links in the government could not be ruled out.

He alleged that it was indeed shameful that government was involved in whole drama. However another senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi directly accused the chief minister for conspiracy in the case.

Alvi said the role of the police was suspected and the chief minister should clarify it. Khurshid said the government had been contributing to the fast deterioration of law and order in the state.

Expressing concern over plight of drought-hit people in Bundelkhand, Khurshid said the state government had concealed the actual situation from the centre. He said UnionAgriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that he had not received any report from UP about Bundelkhand. Khurshid said the UP Congress had now asked the centre to rush help to protect the people.

About the central rule in the state, Khurshid said his target was to strengthen the party in the state. He said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and the Election Commission had already been apprised of the prevailing situation in the state.

The Congress chief said it was for them to take appropriate action to hold free and fair election. Claiming that the Congress was ready for the poll, Khurshid said the election commission should first assess the ground realities and availability of adequate security forces to go for early poll.

The state Congress on Friday summoned a meeting of Dalits leaders to chalk out action plan for this segments and also review the preparations for jail bharo movement from November 20.


First Published: Nov 18, 2006 21:36 IST