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PMO mole issue: Sharad backs PM

PRIME MINISTER Manmohan Singh has received backing on the mole-in-the-PMO issue from unexpected quarters. Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav and a partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) challenged former Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh to reveal the name of the PMO mole.
None | By HT Correspondent, Kanpur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 27, 2006 12:12 AM IST

PRIME MINISTER Manmohan Singh has received backing on the mole-in-the-PMO issue from unexpected quarters. Janata Dal-United president Sharad Yadav and a partner in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) challenged former Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh to reveal the name of the PMO mole.

Yadav even asked Singh to disclose the name of the person, who worked in the PMO during the regime of PV Narsimha Rao. “He shouldn’t have had held this crucial information to himself for that long. He must divulge the name of the mole,” said Yadav while talking to the reporters here on Wednesday.

“Internal security is a sensitive issue and such matters should be dealt with seriously,” asserted Yadav, who was here to attend the party meeting.

Lambasting the Centre for price rise, Yadav said, “It is due to commodity exchange that the prices of all essential commodities have increased manifold.

In order to check the spiraling prices, commodity exchange must be done away.”
“Things have come to such a pass that all essential commodities have gone beyond the reach of a common man and the Congress government is not at all serious to do anything to check the price rise, remarked Yadav. “Even before the price hike of petro-products, inflation was already too high and after the price hike, it increased manifold,” asserted Yadav.

Yadav said that during the NDA government food grains were easily available but now they became a precious commodity. Expressing his concern for the under-privileged, he said that the Union Government should take some immediate steps to supply essential commodities like pulses along with wheat, rice and sugar from the Fair Price Shops.

The JD (U) leader accused the Centre of not taking Opposition into confidence in major policy decisions of national interest. “The regular meetings of Chief Ministers’ of the states have also not been convened by the Congress Government, which aptly points out its lack of concern for national interest,” he said.

Yadav did not spare even the Samajwadi Party (SP)-led State Government. “All development activities in the State have come to a standstill and the government has failed on all fronts,” he said.  “A new alliance with Apna Dal has been made to fight the excess of the SP and the BSP and give the much desired relief to the common man,” added Yadav.

Lambasting SP, the JD (U) leader accused it of abetting ‘parivar vaad’ instead of merit. He also accused the BSP of selling party tickets and bringing disgrace to politics

Replying to a query, Yadav stated that law and order situation had improved in Bihar.

When pointed out about the recent incidents of abductions in Bihar, he said earlier hostages were released after paying the ransom but now due to prompt action by the State Government, they were released by the kidnappers.”

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