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Opposition`s allegations of phone tapping baseless: BSP

Last Updated: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 18:23

Lucknow: Ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh
On Sunday termed allegations of Opposition parties over phone
tapping and spying as baseless and unfortunate.



"Such an irresponsible statement by Opposition leaders
holding important posts is unfortunate. Levelling baseless and
imaginary allegations against the state government is an
indicator of their anti-dalit mentality," BSP state-president
Swami Prasad Maurya said.



Samajwadi Party and BJP had alleged that phone calls
of their leaders were being tapped by the Mayawati government.



"Phones and conversations of SP leaders are taped by
the state government... During our state-wide agitation phones
of all active workers were tapped by district police chiefs
and magistrates," senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav had claimed
on Thursday.



"We condemn such an act of the government and warn it
not to involve in such acts and stop surveillance," he had
said.



Earlier, the BJP also levelled similar allegation
against the state government.

"Phones and conversation of BJP leaders are tapped by
the state government, which is afraid of the party," BJP
spokesman Hardwar Dubey had alleged.



He had claimed that sleuths of local intelligence unit
(LIU) were found in press conference of party president Surya
Pratap Shahi in Moradabad and Meerut recently.



Maurya said that it was clear that the Opposition had
failed to find shortcomings in the policies and programmes of
the state government since they were levelling false
allegations.



"SP and other opposition parties have got baffled
sensing their defeat in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly
elections," he added.

Maurya also criticised Uttar Pradesh Congress chief
Rita Bahuguna Joshi for accusing the state government of
indulging in corruption.



"Before levelling such allegations Joshi should
introspect. She is an office-bearer of the Congress which
leads the UPA government that is deep into corruption," the
BSP state president alleged.



"Congress-led UPA government at the Centre is meting
out step-motherly treatment to the state government...,"
Maurya alleged.



A huge amount of centrally sponsored scheme had been
not provided to Uttar Pradesh for the last three years and
repeated requests of the state were ignored, he claimed.



The BSP state president said that in the current
fiscal the state was due to get around Rs 33,000 crore for
various schemes, but a large portion of it has not been
released by the Centre.



"Even if the due amount is released it will take time
to spend it and if the same is not utilised in the current
fiscal it will be adjusted by the Centre," he added.



PTI

First Published: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 18:23

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