Sibal steers clear of Khurshid-EC controversy

Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 18:57

Kanpur: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, on Sunday,
steered clear of the controversy involving Law Minister Salman Khurshid and the Election Commission, saying the two must have had their reasons for their stance even as he asked the poll
body to also take note of the alleged misuse of bureaucracy by the BSP government.

On being asked about EC`s move seeking President Pratibha Patil`s intervention after it charged Khurshid with "improper
and unlawful" defiance of its orders, Sibal said, "If someone has made a statement, there must be reason for it and the EC must have its reasons too.”

"The individuals concerned will reply on the matter; I will neither reply nor will give my opinion on it."

On the varied comments from Congress leaders on Batla House encounter, Sibal said the Home Minister has already taken a stand on the matter and this should be considered as
the last word.

Home Minister P Chidambaram has maintained that the 2008 gun fight between security forces and terrorists in Delhi was indeed genuine and there was no scope for reopening the case.

The HRD Minister also refused to comment on Union minister Beni Prasad Verma`s reference to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s age and said media should raise the issue of development in UP rather than such issues.

Speaking to media persons at the residence of Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, Sibal said the poll body should also direct its attention to the several instances of
"misuse of bureaucracy" by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government.

"I want to apprise the poll body on certain issues in UP
that has made me wonder what is happening in the state. Fateh
Bahadur Singh, who was removed by the EC from the position of
Home Secretary, has been re-appointed by the government in the
Personnel Department with him handling the transfers and
postings. This has created fear among the officials," the
Minister alleged.

Sibal alleged that Gautam Budh University has been turned
into BSP office with officials campaigning for Mayawati
with posters and banners.

Criticising the UP government, Sibal said that the state
government didn`t have money to run Sarva Shikhsha Abhiyan in
the state but had money to build statues and parks.

He claimed the condition of Muslims was worse than that of
Dalits in the state and assured that if Congress comes to
power, they will look after all communities in the state.

Training guns at Chief Minister Mayawati, Sibal said,
"Dalits had dreamt there condition will improve once Mayawati
comes in power but since 2007 Mayawati has had only improved
conditions for herself".

Cricketer and Congress MP Mohammed Azharuddin was also
present at Jaiswal`s residence.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 17:39

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