SP seeks Left's help in assets case
The CPI (M) was one of the few parties to have taken a firm stand against imposing President's Rule in Uttar Pradesh and dismissing Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav's government in February.
Less then two weeks later, the Samajwadi Party is again looking for help from it's Left friend. This time, SP wants the Left party's help in exposing the political plot that is apparently fuelling the disproportionate assets case filed in the Apex Court against Mulayam Singh.
Armed with a CD and request for support, party general secretary Amar Singh met his counterpart in the Left party, Prakash Karat, at the CPI (M) headquarter at AKG Bhawan on Monday afternoon.
"I had come to brief Karat on the political conspiracy and gave him a CD," Singh said after a 30-minute meeting with Karat. The CD, Amar Singh, said contains purported conversation of a lawyer on whose petition the apex court ordered a CBI probe into the alleged disproportionate assets of Yadav and his family members.
He said Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Akhilesh is a Member of Parliament and there was the issue of parliamentary privilege. "We will demand from the Speaker that the matter is thoroughly investigated so that Akhilesh's privilege is protected."
The CD of course is not being given to Karat alone. "We will submit these CDs to the President, the Vice President as also to the Lok Sabha Speaker on Tuesday seeking a probe into it," the SP General Secretary said.
Mulayam Singh would be here on Tuesday to make political rounds of the Capital. He and Singh have a series of meetings with the Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, President APJ Abdul Kalam and Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.
Singh said the CDs would also be given to Leader of Opposition LK Advani, AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, AGP leader Brindaban Goswami and other political leaders.
On this Karat was non-committal. He confirmed the receipt of the CD and a letter but said that he had neither read the letter nor seen the CD. "I have to see the CD. The SP does not want a CBI enquiry. But we will have to see," Karat told reporters.