Wednesday, Nov 19, 2003
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By Javed M. Ansari
The affidavit described the demolition of the Babri Masjid as "barbaric, shameful, condemnable and against the national interest and integrity of the nation."
On the charge that political pressure was applied on the CBI to drop the conspiracy charge against the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, and others, the affidavit said that it was something that had to be determined by the apex court, which was now seized of a review petition.
Keen on limiting the damage caused by the affidavit filed yesterday, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, today disowned it, and replaced the advocate who had filed it.
Mr. Yadav said that yesterday's affidavit had been filed by the lawyer concerned on his own "without consulting either him or the Advocate General of the State."
Seemingly stung by the reaction to yesterday's affidavit, particularly from his allies, the Left parties, Mr. Yadav mounted a vigorous defence of his secular credentials. "All my life I have fought the communal forces, I can never have any understanding with them."
He said that he had been judged hastily, especially by his friends.
"I am particularly hurt by the criticism from the Left parties. We have worked together for years, they should have at least verified the facts from me before jumping to conclusions."
He reminded the Congress and the Left parties that when it came to actually fighting the BJP it was the Samajwadi Party which was in the forefront. "The BJP does not exist in the areas where the Left is strong. I am the one who is fighting them in their stronghold. Where is the Congress or the Left in Uttar Pradesh?"
Mr. Yadav said that it was the Samajwadi Party, which was leading the battle against the communal forces. "I have fought them all my life and have paid a big political price for opposing them... it is out of place to accuse me of being soft on them."
Interacting with the media on the occasion of the Uttar Pradesh Day at the India International Trade Fair, he said the power situation in the State had improved and investment was beginning to flow.
However, the law and order situation left a lot to be desired, and he accused the Sangh Parivar of trying to foment trouble every time he was at the helm. "They never spoke of Ayodhya while the BJP was part of the Bahujan Samaj Party-led coalition Government in the State, but the moment I came to power they upped the ante," he said.
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