Oppn's Allegations of Phone Tapping Baseless: BSP

Oppn's Allegations of Phone Tapping Baseless: BSP
Ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh today termed allegations of Opposition parties over phone tapping and spying as baseless and unfortunate.

"Such an irresponsible statement by Opposition leaders holding important posts is unfortunate. Levelling baseless and imaginary allegations against the state government is an indicator of their anti-dalit mentality," BSP state-president Swami Prasad Maurya said.

Samajwadi Party and BJP had alleged that phone calls of their leaders were being tapped by the Mayawati government.

"Phones and conversations of SP leaders are taped by the state government... During our state-wide agitation phones of all active workers were tapped by district police chiefs and magistrates," senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav had claimed on Thursday.

"We condemn such an act of the government and warn it not to involve in such acts and stop surveillance," he had said.

Earlier, the BJP also levelled similar allegation against the state government.

"Phones and conversation of BJP leaders are tapped by the state government, which is afraid of the party," BJP spokesman Hardwar Dubey had alleged.

He had claimed that sleuths of local intelligence unit (LIU) were found in press conference of party president Surya Pratap Shahi in Moradabad and Meerut recently.

Maurya said that it was clear that the Opposition had failed to find shortcomings in the policies and programmes of the state government since they were levelling false allegations.

"SP and other opposition parties have got baffled sensing their defeat in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections," he added.

Maurya also criticised Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi for accusing the state government of indulging in corruption.

"Before levelling such allegations Joshi should introspect. She is an office-bearer of the Congress which leads the UPA government that is deep into corruption," the BSP state president alleged.

"Congress-led UPA government at the Centre is meting out step-motherly treatment to the state government...," Maurya alleged.

A huge amount of centrally sponsored scheme had been not provided to Uttar Pradesh for the last thee years and repeated requests of the state were ignored, he claimed.

The BSP state president said that in the current fiscal the state was due to get around Rs 33,000 crore for various schemes, but a large portion of it has not been released by the Centre.

"Even if the due amount is released it will take time to spend it and if the same is not utilised in the current fiscal it will be adjusted by the Centre," he added.
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