Snap ties with Denmark: BSP
BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party national president Mayawati, on Sunday, demanded snapping of ties with Denmark and recall of the ambassador. This was seen as an attempt by her to woo Muslims and make a dent in the SP?s vote-bank. Terming the Samajwadi Party?s stand on Iran and Prophet Mohammad?s cartoons as vote-bank politics, Mayawati said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav should clarify about his ?secret meeting with the Israeli Ambassador? in Lucknow a few days ago.Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:06 IST
BAHUJAN SAMAJ Party national president Mayawati, on Sunday, demanded snapping of ties with Denmark and recall of the ambassador. This was seen as an attempt by her to woo Muslims and make a dent in the SP’s vote-bank.
Terming the Samajwadi Party’s stand on Iran and Prophet Mohammad’s cartoons as vote-bank politics, Mayawati said SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav should clarify about his “secret meeting with the Israeli Ambassador” in Lucknow a few days ago.
Continuing to hit out at the SP, Mayawati said former US President Bill Clinton was made a State guest during his visit to Lucknow.
The State Government spent lavishly on the programme organised to welcome Clinton, but now Mulayam was criticising the US, she said, adding that this was an example of the SP’s “double standards”.
Mayawati said publication of objectionable cartoons by a Danish newspaper had hurt the sentiments of Muslims all over the world. It had become a sensitive issue since demonstration and protests were being organised in various countries, she said.
Several Arab countries had broken diplomatic relations with Denmark, while others had snapped economic relations, but the UPA Government was silent on the issue. The Central Government should take a firm stand and tell the Danish Government to take action against the newspaper, she demanded.
Mayawati said the BSP was against the stand taken by the UPA Government on Iran’s nuclear programme. The Central Government’s approach was against the spirit of NAM, she said, adding it was clear that India voted against Iran in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting under US pressure.
“Oil and natural gas is important for the economic development of the country. While both US and China are strengthening their hold over the oil trade, India had angered an oil supplying country and a dependable friend. On the other hand, the UPA Government has not clarified to the people about the nuclear agreement with US,” she said.
“The Indo-US nuclear agreement also raises a question mark on the security of the country. The US government has said that India’s nuclear policy should be credible, transparent and defensive. It clearly shows that the US wants to tighten its grip on the foreign policy of the country.” “If the US is really a well wisher of India, it should prove it by supporting India’s candidature for permanent membership of the Security Council with veto power,” Mayawati said.
About the survey of Muslims in the Army, Mayawati said it was being done to ascertain the social, economic and educational position of the community. The BSP would have supported the Central Government’s initiative, if it had conducted the survey in the interest of the country, rather than to serve its political interests, she said.
A survey of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Economically Backward Caste should also be conducted, she demanded.
First Published: Feb 20, 2006 01:06 IST