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Congress misusing CBI, says DYFI

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Poses 10 questions to UDF

To launch ‘Save India’ campaign



THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The national leadership of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has accused the Congress leadership of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its political gains.

Briefing reporters after a two-day meeting of the DYFI Central committee here on Wednesday, DYFI president P. Sreeramakrishnan and general secretary Tapas Sinha said the SNC Lavalin case was the latest instance of the misuse of the CBI for political ends. The agency was used for similar purposes earlier against political leaders like Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad and Mayawati and in the case relating to the 1984 Sikh riots. The DYFI leaders demanded answers from the United Democratic Front (UDF) leaders for 10 questions relating to the case. Some were: Was it not the UDF which had brought SNC Lavalin with hydel projects in the State and whether it was not the UDF government which had A.K. Antony as Chief Minister and G. Karthikeyan as Power Minister which had signed MoU with SNC Lavalin on August 10, 1995, and the original agreement on February 24, 1996.

They demanded to know whether the UDF leadership could deny the fact that their government had filed an affidavit before the High Court on February 6, 2006, stating that no CBI investigation was called for in the case. They also sought to know whether exclusion of Mr. Karthikeyan from the list of accused and inclusion of R. Sivadasan, who was KSEB chairman under him, was anything but a clear evidence of political intervention in the case. The conspiracy involving the Congress leadership and the CBI in the Lavalin investigation would get exposed once the charge-sheet in the case was submitted, the DYFI leaders said.

They said the DYFI would organise a ‘Save India’ campaign from February 27, the day of martyrdom of Chandrasekhar Azad, to March 23, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev. One lakh padayatras would be organised across the country as part of the campaign to strengthen the Left and secular alternative to save India. Rallies would also be organised across the country on Thursday, the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s martyrdom, against terrorism and communalism, they said.

Mr. Sreeramakrishnan and Mr. Sinha said the DYFI Central committee had also decided to launch a nation-wide campaign against unemployment from March 23 to 28 and enrol two crore new members during 2009.

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