ANDHRA PRADESH

Tytler criticised for casting aspersions on Nanavati report

Fernandes says statement amounts to insulting a person of outstanding character and integrity

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The former Union Minister and Convener of the National Democratic Alliance George Fernandes on Friday took serious exception to the statement of the former Union Minister Jagdish Tytler casting aspersions on the findings of the Justice Nanavati Commission.

The indictment of Mr. Tytler in the 1984 Sikh riots case by the commission forced him to quit the Union Ministry.

Addressing presspersons at Hire Mannur Village in Afsalpur taluk in Gulbarga district, after visiting some of the flood-hit areas in the village, Mr. Fernandes said that Justice Nanavati does not have any political connections and leanings. The statement that the commission had dragged Mr. Tytler's name unnecessarily, merely to give credence to baseless and vile accusations made by Mr. Tytler's adversaries, amounts to insulting a person of outstanding character and integrity, he said.

`No third front'

He said that although there is no possibility of the emergence of a third front in the national politics, there is a possibility of an effective opposition due to the failure of the Left parties, which are supporting the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government, to keep a check on the anti-people policies being pursued by the Congress-led Government.

Mr. Fernandes said the leaders of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) made loud statements that they will not support all the decisions of the Government and would function as a watchdog which would not only "bark but also bite" to keep a check on the policy decisions of the UPA Government.

However, all these statements have remained mere statements and the CPI(M) leaders are in deep slumber as the government is going ahead implementing its anti-people agenda, he alleged.

He said the present situation has given rise to the hope for the emergence of a strong a motivated Opposition.

Asked whether the Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav is included in the scheme of things of the Oposition unity, Mr. Fernandes replied in positive and said: "Lot of casual talk is going on among the leaders of various political parties on the need for an effective Opposition."

Polarisation

Asked whether he expected a fresh polarisation in Indian politics after the Bihar elections, Mr. Fernandes said that he did not foresee any fresh polarisation of political forces in the country in the near future.

On the Bihar Assembly elections, the Janata Dal (United) President said that he was hopeful that the Supreme Court will pass final judgement before the election date for installing the Government headed by the Janata Dal (U) in the State and annul the imposition of President's rule.

To visit Belgaum

Mr. Fernandes will visit Belgaum district and meet the flood-affected families in Athani and Chikkodi taluks on Saturday.

Mr. Fernandes will leave Bijapur at 7 a.m. on Saturday and visit Jugul, Mangavati, Shahpur and Shirguppe villages in Athani and Chikkodi taluks.

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