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Raj Babbar to form manch

Friday 10 February 2006

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The suspended Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament, Raj Babbar, on Thursday said he was forming a Samajwadi Manch against "criminalisation of politics’’.

Speaking to The Hindu here, the actor-turned politician said it would be a people’s ``manch’’ without any office-bearers. He would take to the streets after the budget session of Parliament to unite people and leaders who believed in clean and secular politics. "I would try to get socialist leaders to talk to people about politics without broker culture."

Mr. Babbar said he had not received any show-cause notice from the Samajwadi Party that has set up two committees to probe disciplinary charges against him for publicly speaking out his mind on party general secretary Amar Singh. According to him, he had brought his concerns to the notice of senior party leaders a month ago.

So far, no member of either committee had contacted him but he had been asked to stay put in Delhi. Since he is a suspended, not expelled, Member of Parliament he would attend the upcoming session of Parliament, though may not speak as a party member. He said he would meet the senior socialist leader and vice-president of the Samajwadi Party, Janeshwar Mishra, to apprise him of the happenings.

Party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav on Wednesday said that the disciplinary committee had been asked to probe "anti-party" charges against Mr. Babbar and submit its report in a week. On Tuesday he set up another committee to ascertain whether any party, particularly the Congress, was behind Mr. Babbar’s outburst.

Mr. Babbar denied he was joining the Congress party.

See online : The Hindu

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