Debating India

Samajwadi Party to meet Kalam

Wednesday 26 October 2005

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party Members of Parliament will meet President Abdul Kalam here on Wednesday to protest against "misuse of Governors" by the ruling Congress Party at the Centre.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, party general secretary Amar Singh said the Uttar Pradesh Governor T.V. Rajeshwar had visited Mau - the site of recent communal clashes - against the advice of the State Government. Once there, he only spoke to Congress leaders, Mr. Singh alleged.

Mr. Singh charged Congress president Sonia Gandhi with "shutting her eyes" to violence in Congress-ruled States while highlighting even minor incidents in non-Congress ruled States. He pointed out that the Governors of Assam and Haryana - States ruled by Congress - did not visit violence-hit areas. .

Mr. Singh accused the U.P. Governor of "interfering" even in routine postings and transfers of officials and of even tapping the phones of senior officers. The SP leader said contrary to what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claimed the Home Minister had not consulted Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav before the appointment of Mr. Rajeshwar as Governor of the State. "The Governor’s House has become an extension of the All-India Congress Committee headquarters and the `Rajyapal’ (Governor) has become the Congress President’s `dwarpal’ (gatekeeper)," he said.

Answering questions he said the clashes between two communities in Agra were ``minor skirmishes’’. On Mau, he said all those who were guilty would be brought to book, although one of the accused, independent MLA Mukhtar Ansari had not been arrested so far.

See online : The Hindu

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