Cong minister demands CBI probe into attack on Joshi`s house
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 17:02
  
Lucknow: A union minister belonging to Congress on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into the attack and arson at UPCC chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's residence allegedly by BSP workers and termed the incident as a "pre-planned conspiracy."

"The manner in which this dastardly act was executed, one thing is clear that it was part of a pre-planned conspiracy and only a CBI probe can expose those who vandalised Joshi's house and on whose direction it was done," Union Minister of State Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters here.

He said the party's agitation should continue till the time a CBI probe is recommended by the state government.

"If there is little morality left in the Uttar Pradesh government and if it is rational, then it should order a CBI probe," he said.

Jaiswal also questioned the role of the state police in the incident.

Joshi has been booked under various sections of IPC and provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati.

A portion of Joshi's house here was set on fire allegedly by ruling BSP activists on July 15.

"There is no law and order in the state. Everything is on the whims and fancies of the state government and it can do whatever it wants. The government got this act (attack on Joshi's home) executed by misusing police and state machinery," Jaiswal alleged.

"If this can happen to the president of a national party, what is happening with the people in this regime can be a common guess," he added.

On Joshi's alleged remarks against Mayawati, Jaiswal said that she was addressing a women's meet and raised the issue of compensation being offered to Dalit women who had been raped.

"The manner in which doles are being offered, Joshi's anger was natural," he said.

Jaiswal said the matter should have been put to an end, after Joshi's apology.

On BSP's support to the Centre, he said, "We never requested any party for support. Their support to Congress is unconditional."

Meanwhile in Etah, Congress leader Salman Khursheed said the attack on Joshi's house was unjustified.

As many as 322 party workers, protesting against the arson at UPCC chief's house, courted arrest in Kasganj town in Etah today.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 17:02


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