VP Singh defends EC on CD issue
According to VP Singh the CD was the handiwork of BJP and Samajwadi Party to help each other in the assembly elections, reports Masoodul Hasan.Updated: Apr 10, 2007 20:55 IST
Former Prime Minister VP Singh on Tuesday blasted the BJP for criticising Election Commissioner Navin B Chawla on the controversial CD issue. He said the CD was the handiwork of BJP and Samajwadi Party to help each other in the assembly elections.
Pointing out that the "accused has no right to comment on judges" Singh told newsmen in Lucknow on Tuesday the CD was in clear violation of Representation of People's Act and IPC. Releasing the manifesto of Jan Morcha Singh said there was no consistency in the statements of the BJP leaders on the CD issue. He said action should be taken against the BJP for spreading communal venom. Referring to the BJP move for court arrest of Party President Rajnath Singh the ex-PM said "it indicated his helplessness". Singh said SP was in league in the BJP to foment communal trouble so that it could also gain in the election. He said SP had long been cozying up with the BJP in the state. He said apart from protecting BJP leader LK Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case by not issuing fresh notification, the chief minister also provided all facilities to BJP during its national conclave in Lucknow. "In turn the BJP defended Yadav government in the Lok Sabha on the issue of president's rule," Singh said.
Singh said if the Jan Morcha was voted to power it would ensure elimination of dalal culture, which had flourished during the last three years in the state. The manifesto said like crime corruption had also become synonymous with the government. Singh said the Supreme Court had already directed the CBI to probe into the assets of the chief minister and his family members. He said "small and big dalals" had pushed the governance to the brink in the state. The Jan Morcha, which has fielded 150 candidates, also rolled out a welfare plan for the minority community. Singh said Jan Morcha would ensure 8.44 per cent reservation within the Mandal commission to the Muslim community in the state. He said the party was also committed to abrogation of 1950 order under Article 341 to provide reservation to Dalit Muslims. He said adib, Adib Mahir and Adib Kamil degrees of Urdu would be brought at par with high school, Intermediate and graduation respectively. Singh said the morcha would make efforts for socio-economic development of the community. He said all measures would be taken for the welfare of farmers.
First Published: Apr 10, 2007 20:25 IST