"Get any non-Congress Chief Minister to look into issue"
NEW DELHI: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday demanded that the allegations of phone tapping of certain Samajwadi Party leaders by the Centre be looked into by any non-Congress Chief Minister.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr. Yadav said Congress president Sonia Gandhi was behind the tapping of party general secretary Amar Singh's phone and alleged a conspiracy against his Government.
He said the party would take the matter to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and get in touch with other non-Congress parties, including the Left, to caution them against the "designs" of the Congress. The Samajwadi Party would raise the issue in the next session of Parliament and seek the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Party.
Demanding that the matter be investigated, he said he had no faith in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which was under the control of the Central Government.Alleging that the Centre's investigations into the phone-tapping incident was a "cover-up," Mr. Yadav said he would prefer that the matter be investigated by the Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Government. "If that is not acceptable to the Centre, then the matter can be looked into by any of the non-Congress Chief Ministers suggested by me." The Chief Minister released copies of two letters purported to have been written by R. Narayanswamy, Principal Secretary (Home) of the National Capital Region (Delhi) Government, and Ranjit Narayan, Joint Commissioner of Police, reportedly authorising interception of phone calls to a landline and a mobile number ostensibly belonging to Mr. Amar Singh.
Referring to Home Minister Shivraj Patil's denial of any phone tapping and dismissal of the letters as "forged," Mr. Yadav said if that was true, it was the indication of a "grave threat" to the security of the country. "This is a serious matter. The phones of political leaders are being tapped and the government is not in the know of it," he said.