Cong defends presence of Lovely, Ranjeeta at Rahul`s meeting

Congress on Monday defended the presence of Lovely Anand and Ranjeeta Ranjan, wives of controversial political leaders of Bihar, on the dais at a public meeting addressed by AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi in Saharsa.

Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

Patna: Congress on Monday defended the presence of
Lovely Anand and Ranjeeta Ranjan, wives of controversial
political leaders of Bihar, on the dais at a public meeting
addressed by AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi in Saharsa.

"Both Lovely Anand and Ranjeeta Ranjan - wives of jailed
politicians Anand Mohan and Pappu Yadav respectively - are
leaders in their own rights," state unit Congress spokesman
Prem Chandra Mishra told reporters here.

Defending Lovely Anand, a former MP from Vaishali, Mishra
said she could not be deemed as a person with criminal
background owing to her presence at a gathering where a mob
had lynched the then Gopalganj district Magistrate G
Krishnaiah in Muzaffarpur district in December 1994.

He hit back at Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi for
his barb against Gandhi for allegedly seeking to woo criminal
elements to boost his party`s electoral prospects by sharing
the dais with the two at a public meeting at Saharsa on
Saturday.

Mishra claimed that contrary to the presence of a large
number of politicians with criminal background in NDA,
Congress has kept such elements at bay.

PTI