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BJP alleges Shabir changed opinion after meeting Sonia

BJP alleges Shabir changed opinion after meeting Sonia

Author: PTI
Publication: The Newspaper Today
Date: September 1, 2002

The BJP on Saturday demanded an explanation from Congress president Sonia Gandhi on what made separatist Kashmiri leader Shabbir Shah retract his statement on participating in the coming Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections after meeting her on Friday.

"We demand an explanation from Gandhi about what advice she offered to Shah of the Democratic Freedom Party which resulted in the sudden reversing of his stand and refusing to participate in the elections," party spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

"Congress owed an explanation to the people of India and should make public the details of the discussion the party president had with Shah which made him reverse his stand as it was a sensitive issue of national importance," he said.

Naqvi hit out at the Congress for adopting "double standards" in objecting to the BJP Mahila Morcha demonstrating outside Gandhi's residence against the murder of a Congress corporator by another colleague while it had demonstrated outside the residence of a Cabinet minister merely on the basis of an accusation made by the spouse of a police official wanted in a murder case.

Naqvi took strong exception to the criticism of the government by Gandhi on the issue of welfare of SC and STs saying that "Gandhi should not forget that the Congress had ruled at the Centre and states for 47 years and yet the condition of those belonging to SC and ST is miserable."

"The Congress president also seems to have developed selective amnesia with regard to five important office memoranda that were issued during united front's regime supported by the Congress party which withdrew many facilities for deserving people belonging to sc and st. It was the nda government which restored the memoranda," he said.

Naqvi said Gandhi's statement has not only exposed the ignorance about the past performance of her party's successive governments but also displayed her "scant knowledge" on the important achievements of the present NDA government.

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