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Nuclear deal anti-Muslim: Mayawati

Nuclear deal anti-Muslim: Mayawati

Author: Pioneer News Service
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: July 2, 2008

Giving a new twist to the ongoing impasse on nuclear deal, UP Chief Minister Mayawati termed the proposed deal as anti-Muslim, besides ruling out any possibility of the BSP forging a pre-poll alliance with the BJP.

"Muslims of the country are against India signing a nuclear deal as it is being done at the cost of cheaper gas available from Iran," Mayawati said while addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday.

She said Muslims are angry because the Congress wants to sign the deal with tacit support of the Samajwadi Party.

"The SP leadership is forced to support the deal as part of bargain to negate various ongoing CBI inquiries against Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and his relatives and friends," she said.

The Chief Minister said her party was opposed to the nuclear accord.

She, however, cautioned Left parties to keep Samajwadi Party at arm's length as "its leadership could align with anyone for selfish reasons like protecting family members."

"Fearing Muslims would align with the BSP after the nuclear deal is signed, the political opponents like Congress and Samajwadi Party have spread a canard about BSP entering into an alliance with the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections," she said.

Clarifying her party's stand, Mayawati, who is also national president of the BSP, said her party had never contested an election with BJP nor would contest any election in near future.

She, however, kept mum over the post-poll scenario.

Mayawati said the Congress and Samajwadi Party were spreading a canard in this regard to create confusion in the minds of Muslims against 'sarva samaj' ideology of the BSP.

"These parties are upset over the growing popularity of BSP and spreading rumours in order to misguide the people of the State, especially the Muslim community which would never forgive the Congress and its allies if the N-deal is signed,'' she said.

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