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Beni slams SP govt, says it let Varun go scott-free

Lucknow, May 14, 2013, PTI: 3:18 IST

'Mulayam communal, involved in Babri conspiracy'

Union minister Beni Prasad Verma on Tuesday sparked a fresh row alleging that BJP leader Varun Gandhi was cleared by a court in hate speech case due to tacit understanding with SP government in Uttar Pradesh.

“Due to the pressure of the state government, witnesses did not turn up in the court to depose,” the Union steel minister claimed.

Besides this, the government did not challenge the order given in favour of Varun by a court in Pilibhit.

He termed the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav as ‘communal’ and alleged that he was involved in the conspiracy to demolish Babri Mosque. “Mulayam had always been an associate of communal forces. He was also involved in the conspiracy to demolish Babri Mosque,” Beni told reporters here.

Helped Modi

The minister also alleged that the SP supremo helped Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi to return to the power after Godhara riots in 2002.

“After communal riots in Gujarat, there was an anti-Modi atmosphere and he might have lost the polls. But he (Mulayam) fielded his candidates and campaigned for them which led to division of Muslim votes and Modi won,” Verma alleged.

He alleged there was a conspiracy to demolish the Mosque on October 30, 1990 itself during the regime of Mulayam and also there was an agreement between the SP supremo and BJP leader L K Advani.

Rath yatra

He also alleged that even the rath yatra of Advani, which flared communal passion in the country, started after an understanding with Mulayam.

In reply to another question, Verma said there was no difference between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the decision to call for resignation of railway minister Pawan Bansal and law minister Ashwani Kumar ‘was taken with consensus’.

DHNS adds

Beni also slammed Mulayam for organising ‘Brahmin meets’ in a bid to garner their support in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, adds DHNS.

“SP was never a well wisher of the Brahmins. Since when did the followers of Ram Manohar Lohia became messiah of the Brahmin community? It is all for votes but the Brahmins will never support the SP,” Verma said continuing his diatribe.

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