New Delhi: Terming the assembly election in
five states as the "semifinals" ahead of general elections,
JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Sunday attacked the Congress and BSP
on the issue of corruption.
Addressing a protest rally against corruption here, Yadav
said, "Whether it is `haathi` (elephant, BSP`s symbol) or
`panja` (Congress symbol hand), they all have looted the
country. JD(U) on the other hand has been working against
corruption throughout whether in Parliament or outside it".
Yadav said that Congress never had the intention to bring
a strong Lokpal legislation and has kept a "weak" one
surviving by disallowing vote in Rajya Sabha where they didn`t
"They say opposition blocked Lokpal from being passed in
Rajya Sabha but then how could the opposition allow such a
handicapped bill to be passed? The bill would have to be made
from the scratch to get it passed in Rajya Sabha," Yadav said.
He said the forthcoming polls in five states were
"semi-finals" ahead of the general elections and its results
would clarify as to who has been right and who has been wrong.
The JD(U) has decided to contest all 403 assembly seats
in UP after failure of talks with NDA ally BJP for a tie-up.
"It doesn`t matter where the issue stands currently, but
how could BJP in the first place itself allow a corrupt man
like Kushwaha in their party? It is now there internal matter
but it was a bad precedent set by the BJP," JD (U) General
Secretary Arun Kumar Srivastava said.
BJP has been under attack from friends and foes for
admitting Kushwaha, a former family welfare minister in
Mayawati government who is an accused in the multi-crore NRHM