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Congress: not just Mulayam protocol

Saturday 23 December 2006, by VYAS*Neena

BJP leaders enjoying State hospitality

Why no notification in Babri case yet, asks CLP leader BJP, SP are poles apart: Arun Jaitley

LUCKNOW: Several top leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, here for the national council session, are enjoying the hospitality of the Samajwadi Party Government, giving rise to speculation that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s courtesy is not mere protocol.

The former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, leaders of the Opposition in Parliament L.K. Advani and Jaswant Singh, and BJP Chief Ministers and State Ministers are staying at the Taj Residency Hotel here.

Asked how many of them were the State Government’s guests, a senior BJP leader said he did not have the exact number.

The Congress has been quick to point out that the session is a BJP-SP "joint venture." The communal issues raised by one suit the other and vice versa.

Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tewari asked, "Who does Hindutva politics help? Certainly, it helps Mulayam Singh. If the SP were to lose power, it would prefer to see the BJP as the ruling party. Both are afraid of a Congress resurgence in the State."

Not only Mr. Tewari but other politicians and journalists are also wondering why the Chief Minister has not issued a notification in the Babri Masjid demolition caseagainst Mr. Advani.

"It is an open secret in Uttar Pradesh. There is no reasonable answer why the notification has not been issued. Further, Kesri Nath Tripathi [former BJP Speaker and State party chief] has not been expelled although he helped in the defection of Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs to the SP," Mr. Tewari said.

To questions on Mr. Yadav’s hospitality, BJP general secretary and spokesperson Arun Jaitley told a press conference here on Friday, "The BJP and the SP were poles apart," one negating the other. The media were mistaking government protocol for hospitality.

Mr. Jaitley ignored a about the delay in the issuance of the notification in the Babri Masjid case; he continued to dwell on the protocol issue.

Political circles here say there is every reason to believe that the Congress and the BSP could work in tandem after the Assembly election results are out. Therefore, it is only natural that the BJP and the SP arrive at some understanding.

See online : The Hindu

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