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Gadkari gives it left and right to Centre

Facing heat in Karnataka,the BJP on Saturday charged the UPA with adopting double standards and blatantly misusing its powers to target states not ruled by the Congress.

Facing heat in Karnataka,the BJP on Saturday charged the UPA with adopting double standards and blatantly misusing its powers to target states not ruled by the Congress.

Launching an attack on the central government,the party president Nitin Gadkari said that another Emergency-like situation is emerging in the country and it was reflected in the actions of UPA government that was suppressing all voices of protest and was challenging the democratic system of the country.

He also accused the Centre of misusing investigative agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation to “blackmail” political opponents.

“The CBI is becoming the Congress Bureau of Investigation. I want to ask that why affidavit was twice changed in the case against (BSP chief) Mayawati in the Supreme Court. The government seems to be saying that if you are against us we will teach you a lesson,” Gadkari said.

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Gadkari was presiding over ‘Regional Conference on Policies of UPA – A Threat to Indian Federalism’ organised by BJP’s Legal and Legislative Cell here.

Castigating the UPA government for the action against yoga guru Ramdev at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi,Gadkari said now they were bent upon stalling Anna Hazare’s scheduled indefinite fast from August 16. Veiled threats were being issued to Hazare to terrorise him to withdraw his proposed protest,he said.

“The government seems to be saying that we have already set Ramdev right,we will see you (Hazare) next,” Gadkari said,asking,“ Can he (Hazare) not sit on a strike? Is this democracy?”

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Without taking Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddurappa’s name,Gadkari said voices were being raised to take action against him,but the Congress feels there is no reason to act in the case of Sheila Dikshit. The Delhi Chief Minister has been criticised by the Lokayukta for irregularities in some Commonwealth Games projects and more recently for “misrepresenting” facts regarding construction of low-cost flats.

“When the report is against the Opposition,action should be taken,but the Delhi Lokayukta file goes to the President …and still the party (Congress) feels there is no need for action,” Gadkari said,alleging step-motherly treatment to NDA ruled states.

“Bills passed by the (NDA ruled) state assemblies are not approved for years by the Governors. MCOCA could be passed for Maharashtra. However,when Gujarat proposed a similar law,it was rejected. How will States fight terrorism?” he said.

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The BJP president said that more than 3,500 kilometre of the border was insecure. While China has made rapid developments along the border,the Centre was not even approving a rail link in Himachal Pradesh. The industrial packages to the NDA ruled states are being withdrawn. He added that even as people are dying of hunger,foodgrains are being allowed to rot.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his Himachal Pradesh counterpart Prem Kumar Dhumal were also present in the conference.

First published on: 31-07-2011 at 03:59:53 am
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