Bahuguna case: `Jail bharo agitation by Cong`
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 01:04
New Delhi: Congress on Saturday said it will launch a 'jail bharo' agitation to press for its demand for CBI enquiry into the attack at UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's house in Lucknow.

"As long as our demand for CBI enquiry into the attack is not fulfilled, our agitation will continue. We will launch a jail bharo agitation and will continue to struggle till the demand is accepted," AICC in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters here.

Singh also expressed happiness over the release of Joshi from Moradabad jail today saying, "we are very happy to know it."

Joshi secured an interim bail in a case of derogatory remarks made against UP chief minister Mayawati and said that she regretted her controversial statement but added the chief minister had no right to continue in office.

She was booked under section 153 A (delivering inflammatory speeches) and section 109 of IPC (using abusive language) besides provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Singh alleged the attack on Joshi's house took place under police patronage and criticised the UP Chief Minister and her close aide Satish Chandra Mishra for trying to shift the blame on Congressmen for the attack at Joshi's house.

"Chief Minister Mayawatiji and Satish Chandra Mishra ji were trying to mislead...they had tried to shift the blame on Congress saying Congressmen had burnt Joshi's house. This thing has now been exposed," he said.

Singh added, "the party's fight against the government will only gain momentum as BSP government keeps on persecuting our leaders and workers."

Asked whether the agitation in the state will continue under the leadership of Joshi, a senior party leader said, "of course. She is the state president of the party."

Meanwhile another senior AICC functionary refused to comment on whether the party would retain Joshi as the UPCC chief or there could be some change.

A senior leader however, indicated that the party is not going to make Joshi's release a key affair and will prefer the controversy to die down slowly as the matter is sensitive.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 19, 2009, 01:04

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