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UPA Govt undemocratic: Mulayam

UP CM has expressed dissatisfaction over the findings of an official probe into the phone-tapping issue.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2006 23:49 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday expressed his dissatisfaction with findings of an official investigation into the phone-tapping scandal and called for a non-Congress alliance to "save democracy".

Yadav and his party General Secretary Amar Singh rejected Home Secretary VK Duggal's statement that there was no political motive behind the tapping of their phones.

Singh ridiculed Duggal's statement, based on the investigation carried out by Delhi Police, that the phone tapping was a private sting operation with an eye on monetary gains.

"There is no sting operation involving phone tapping. Sting operations usually have visuals," Singh told reporters.

Singh has repeatedly pointed an accusing finger at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for the phone tapping, though he did not drag her name on Saturday.

Yadav added that a Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh was probing the case to find out on whose instructions their phones were being tapped.

"When I came to know that those behind the tapping are now probing it, I ordered the STF to investigate the matter," Yadav said.

The SP duo likened today's political situation with that prevailing during the emergency rule of 1975-1977.

"We would like to alert all non-Congress political parties that we need to unite against the undemocratic ways of this government," Yadav said.

"Ever since this government came into power, they have been targeting their political rivals instead of concentrating on developmental issues. There is no governance," the Chief Minister alleged.

Joining his leader, Singh said: "My phones were tapped only to find out our political moves. They want to know what I was talking to N Chandrababu Naidu, Badal and others."

The SP leaders were accompanied by Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who also accused the Congress of tapping his phone ever since he was voted out of power.

First Published: Jan 14, 2006 20:51 IST