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NDA Govt. in Bihar after polls: Uma

Wednesday 15 June 2005

Left parties criticized for supporting UPA Govt.

PATNA: The dissolution of Bihar Assembly was a great ``sin’’ committed by the UPA Government at the Centre but it would prove a blessing in disguise as NDA on its own could form a Government after the polls, BJP general secretary, Uma Bharti, said on Tuesday.

``The UPA Government has done great injustice to the people of Bihar and committed a sin by dissolving the Assembly.

It (the dissolution) can only be equated with the State of emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi Government,’’ Ms. Bharti told a meeting of State BJP office-bearers.

However, the dissolution would prove a blessing in disguise as the NDA on its own will be able to form a Government with ``thumping majority’’ without any outside support, she claimed.

The meeting was attended among others by Bihar unit chief, S K Modi, State NDA convenor, Nand Kishore Yadav, and former Union Ministers, Ravishanker Prasad and Jainarain Nishad.

Ms. Bharti, who was recently rehabilitated in the party and made co-incharge for election-bound Bihar, also criticised the Left parties for supporting the UPA Government on the issue of dissolution of the Assembly.

``The Communists are responsible in equal measure along with the UPA in disgracing democracy.’’

She said though she had great personal respect for the President, A P J Abdul Kalam, she was shocked when he endorsed the Union Cabinet’s proposal to dissolve the House.

Meanwhile the BJP has charged the Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad, with misusing the Government machinery for electoral gains and urged the Election Commission to stop him from doing so while RJD rejected the accusation saying it was made in sheer frustration.

``At almost all the railway functions which Mr. Lalu Prasad has attended recently, he has sought votes for his party,’’ the State BJP president, Sushil Kumar Modi, said on Tuesday here.

Charging the Railway Minister with utilising official functions for making policy announcements and delivering political speeches to garner votes for Assembly polls likely to be held in October-November, he urged the EC to take immediate steps to stop Mr. Prasad and his Cabinet colleagues from Bihar, besides the Governor from making policy announcements.

``We will soon go to New Delhi and submit a memorandum to the EC in support of the demand,’’ he said.

PTI

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