'Cong. at Centre before long'

NEW DELHI, MAY 20. Stating that the defeat of the BJP in the recent Assembly elections in five States was an indication that the party was on its way out, the Congress(I) treasurer, Mr. Motilal Vora, today asserted that the people now want a Congress Government at the Centre.

Addressing a rally at Madipur in West Delhi here, organised by the former MP, Mr. Sajjan Kumar, Mr. Vora said: ``The real verdict of these elections is that this corrupt Government should go. People now want the Congress(I) Government, led by Ms. Sonia Gandhi, at the Centre.''

Referring to the Congress(I) and its allies' victories in four of the five States, Mr. Vora said: ``From now onwards there is going to be no looking back for the Congress. We will win the next round of Assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.''

The AICC general secretary and former Haryana Governor, Mr. Mahavir Prasad, warned that the attempts of the BJP Government to saffronise the Constitution through a Constitution Review Committee would be vehemently opposed by the people.

Commenting on the Tehelka episode, he said it has put a big question mark on the Government itself. ``The present ruling party has endangered national security and integrity. This should go out at the earliest.''

Mr. Sajjan Kumar said he would continue to hold such rallies all over the Capital against the Tehelka episode, which has exposed the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

Among others who spoke on the occasion were the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr. Subhash Chopra, senior leaders, Mr. Jagdish Tytler, Mr. Ved Prakash and Ms. Chandresh Kumari and MLAs, Mr. Mahabal Mishra, Pandit Tek Chand Sharma, Mr. Raj Kumar Chauhan and Mr. Mahinder Singh Bhattewala.