SP blasts Ajit Singh
Ajit Singh was accused of creating confusion and making an attempt to destabilise the government at the behest of Congress, BSP and BJP, reports Masoodul Hasan.india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 20:49 IST
Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Transport Minister Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday assailed the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Chaudhury Ajit Singh of creating confusion and making an attempt to destabilise the government at the behest of Congress, BSP and BJP.
Agarwal said Ajit Singh was shaken over the government decision to seek a CBI probe into Dr Kavita Rani sex scam in Meerut and he broke the alliance with the SP.
Addressing newsmen in Lucknow on Wednesday Agarwal said the RLD, which had an electoral tie-up with the BJP in the past, had once again been trying to strengthen the saffron brigade in the state.
The minister said the RLD had miserably failed in the local bodies elections but had ensured the victory of BJP in Muzaffarnagar, Bijnaur, Agra, Saharanpur, Mathura, Meerut and Baghpat.
Enumerating Mulayam Singh Government largess to the RLD, Agarwal said Ajit Singh had emerged as the biggest power broker in the state. Agarwal said "Ajit Singh is Saudagar (trader) of power". The minister said with just 14 MLAs Ajit Singh had been the larger beneficiary of the Yadav government. He said Yadav had given seven ministerial berths, one cabinet rank as chairperson state flood control commission to MP Anuradha Chaudhury, three chairmen in corporations with the status of minister of state, one Rajya Sabha seat to Maulana Mahmood Madni and two MLCs to the RLD. Agarwal said it was more than the numerical strength of the RLD in the state assembly.
He said the chief minister had given favour to the RLD as he wanted to continue the electoral alliance with it. However, instead of strengthening the alliance, Agarwal said, Ajit Singh had made an image of "Dalal". He said only a thorough probe into the irrigation department, which was under the RLD, could reveal the massive financial bungling. He, however, said the government as of now had no plan to probe into the bungling.
He said Ajit Singh snapped ties only after the sex scam was referred to the CBI. Agarwal said the CBI should expedite the investigation so that the political nexus could be exposed. Agarwal also assailed the Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi of politicising the Nithari serial killings.
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First Published: Jan 10, 2007 20:49 IST