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UP dismisses Rahul’s ISI-in-touch claim

| | New Delhi | in Sunday Pioneer

The Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday officially dismissed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s claims about Pakistan’s ISI being in touch with affected Muslim youth from riot-hit Muzaffarnagar even as Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma added a new dimension, saying hundreds of people from Gujarat had come to Muzaffarnagar to indulge in rioting.

UP Home Secretary Kamal Saxena denied that State police received any inputs in this regard. “We have received no input whatsoever in this regard by either the Intelligence Bureau (IB) or the Union Home Ministry,” Saxena said.

Anti-terrorist squad (ATS) chief Mukul Goel also ruled out any such input from intelligence agencies from the Centre. “We are on the vigil, and surveillance across the State has not brought to light any such thing,” he said.

For his part, Verma alleged that hundreds of people from Gujarat had come to Muzaffarnagar to indulge in rioting as both, the BJP and the Samajwadi Party, had a secret pact between themselves since the Babri Masjid movement days.

Defending Rahul Gandhi for his statement that Pakistani intelligence agencies were trying to lure Muzaffarnagar riot victims towards terrorism, Verma said, “He (Rahul) speaks straight from the heart. He does not hide anything; there is no place for secrecy in

democracy”.

Verma also said the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi cannot be pardoned for the 2002 riots in Gujarat, even if he apologised a hundred times for the same.

The Union Minister was reacting to All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Vice-President Maulana Kalbe Sadiq’s statement that he can vote for Modi, “if he changes himself”. Sadiq had said, “There is a difference between the words and deeds of Modi... (But) I can also vote for Modi if he changes himself.”

Verma also took the opportunity to taunt on his political bete noire Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said even though he (Yadav) could not handle UP during the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar he was dreaming of becoming the Prime Minister of the country.

Union Minister Manish Tewari also launched an attack on the BJP accusing the party of polarising and radicalising the people from the time of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination to the Gujarat riots.

“From Gandhi’s assassination to Gujarat pogrom, RSS/BJP responsible for polarisation and radicalisation — allows frenemy’s to fish in troubled waters,” Tewari said in his micro-blogging twitter handle. “Frenemy” has been described as someone who is both a friend and an enemy. Slamming Rahul for the above remarks, BJP had asked him to either provide proof to back his statements or apologise.

 
 
 
 
 

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