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Mulayam should not contest polls: Raj Babbar

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March 01, 2007 13:42 IST

Cinestar Raj Babbar has demanded that Mulayam Singh Yadav, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, and members of his family should not contest the forthcoming state Assembly elections till their names are cleared by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Supreme Court has directed CBI to register a preliminary inquiry against Mulayam Singh, and report their findings to the court in the disproportionate assets case.

The court while delivering the order said that it would be in the interest of the chief minister to have his name cleared.

"Asking him to resign would be too much, but I would say that Mulayam Singh Yadav should not contest the elections," Raj Babbar told rediff.com outside Parliament House complex on Thursday afternoon.

Jaya Bachchan, member of Rajya Sabha, refused to react to what the former Samajwadi Party leader had said about Mulayam Singh.

"He is being targetted by the Congress party. The SC has ordered an inquiry by the CBI. But what kind of impartiality do we expect from the agency? Why have cases against leaders of the Congress party been shelved and only cases against opposition parties being pursued? We have asked for a discussion on the role of the CBI in the House. I would not like to react to what Raj Babbar has said," she said as she walked towards her car.

Jaya Prada said that while respecting the judgment of the Supreme Court, she felt that the Central government was conspiring against Mulayam Singh with an eye on the forthcoming state Assembly elections.

"As far as Raj Babbar is concerned, I would like to ask him why his eyes have opened only now and not when he was in the party," she asked.

Amar Singh, general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, claimed that the Supreme Court had in fact dismissed the petition filed against Mulayam Singh by a Congressman.

"This petition was filed on the basis of the disclosure made by Mulayam Singh before the Election Commission. But the court has ordered a preliminary inquiry," he said.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi

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