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Akhilesh attacks Congress; calls CBI 'persecution' tool

Allahabad, Mar 30 (PTI): After SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today launched a blistering attack on the Congress, alleging anybody who does not act according to its wishes faces "persecution" through CBI.

Akhilesh claimed that the UPA will suffer heavily in the next Lok Sabha elections due to "widespread dissatisfaction" among the people of the country.

Talking to reporters here on the sidelines of a function, Akhilseh however made it clear that the Samajwadi Party will "continue to support the UPA government to keep communal forces at bay" even as he asserted "we are fully prepared for the elections, whenever they take place".

Asked about the party supremo's statement that elections could take place as early as November this year, the UP CM said "political developments and media reports hint at such a possibility".

Yesterday, Mulayam had told reporters,"Congress used to take support by threatening. I supported the UPA government in bad times but Congress has put CBI after me."

To the BJP's charge that the SP, by supporting the UPA, was acting under pressure fearing CBI action against some of its top leaders, Akhilesh evaded a direct reply but said "it is a fact that anybody who does not act according to the wishes of the Congress party, faces persecution through CBI".

The UP CM also claimed that his party will "come out with its best-ever performance" in the Lok Sabha polls as "people will weigh our pro-people initiatives against the previous corrupt BSP regime in the state.

Besides, widespread dissatisfaction with the Centre will cost the Congress heavily across the country and in UP we will be the biggest gainers".

Without naming the Congress or the BJP, Akhilesh also said, "parties which struggled to get 5,000-10,000 votes in the Assembly polls in most of the constituencies will be able to win not more than 4-5 seats out of 80 in Lok Sabha elections".

He parried a question as to whether the SP will put pressure on the Congress to sack Union minister and friend-turned-foe of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Beni Prasad Verma, who has of late made a number of stinging remarks against SP.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated a new building complex of the UP Bar Council here.

On the law and order situation in the state, Akhilseh said his government was "fully committed to maintain law and order by taking tough action against those guilty of anti-social conduct as well as any officials whose laxity could be blamed for such situations".

In a veiled criticism of media, Yadav also said "I feel surprised that news channels of no other state spend so much time expressing alarm about law and order situation".

Stating that lawyers played "a very important role in framing of government policies as well as galvanising public opinion", the Chief Minister announced a slew of measures for the betterment of legal practitioners.

The announcements include, an additional grant of Rs 40 crore for 'Adhivakta Nidhi' - a fund for the welfare of advocates - and promised to consider demands like raising insurance cover for advocates from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs five lakh and introducing a pension scheme for lawyers.

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  • Enkay, Mangalore / Kolkata

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    This 'Tu tu main main' is total nautanki of both the SP Supremos & COngi...Both cant do without the other, drama bazi to public to remove gaze on the innumerable suit cases of loads of crores from Chidu & Sonia ji to the coffers of the SP Supremos....nothing else

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sun, Mar 31 2013

    Relax Akhi and Mulla Yadavs’. For so many years you were taunting Congress Party every now and then without any reasons by threatening to pull out from UPA Government. So, this time Congress did the same thing by sending CBI Sleuths to your door steps to kick you out from UPA Government. So, choice is yours, UPA or CBI?

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  • Vincent Praveen Castelino, Pernal / Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    Jossey a simple logic as you rightly said..."There can't be any smoke without fire"....

    Both Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav and Mr.Akhilesh Yadav time and again making it clear that the Samajwadi Party will "continue to support the UPA government to keep communal forces at bay"!!!.

    You both father son duo why are you so scared of CBI if you are so clean in your political dealings!!!

    The whole of India knows it that the time has come to play your political drama's at this juncture of time!!!

    "Moral of the story is : "Make Hay While Sun Shines"

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  • C Sharath, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    No surprise if Akhilesh's CD comes out tommorrow in UP market.
    Wisdom fell very late on Akhilesh that Congress se "Na dosti acchi hai na dushmani". Anyways Yadhav fly dint have to worry about CBI if their hands were cleansed with only milk.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    Why blame CBI. Don't these guys know that "There cant be any smoke without fire"....

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Sat, Mar 30 2013

    "There cant be any smoke without fire".... But in Robert Vardha case ... PM given clean chit..

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