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“Just because of a court case,does anyone become corrupt? I may also turn around and say that Sonia Gandhi is corrupt and so is Manmohan Singh...

Published: February 12, 2009 11:50:49 pm

Feb 9,2009

(Before the hearing in Mulayam’s case in the Supreme Court)

“Just because of a court case,does anyone become corrupt? I may also turn around and say that Sonia Gandhi is corrupt and so is Manmohan Singh… If this is what political rivalry means,then we will also reveal facts.” If mere allegations led to probes,he says,would the Government order an inquiry if the ownership of a five-star hotel was attributed to the Prime Minister and that of India Gate to Rahul Gandhi.

Jan 7,2009

(Demanding action against Pakistan)

“My party is under intense pressure from party MPs and legislators who want stern action to be taken against Pakistan with immediate effect.” Threatens party may withdraw support to the UPA.

October 30,2008

(On the Congress’s blind eye to SP’s “political and economic demands”)

“Our utility for the Congress ended on July 22 itself,when it won the trust vote. It follows a need-based relationship where only numbers matter.” The SP wouldn’t withdraw support though,he adds,as he sees “a ray of hope in Soniaji and Rahul”.

October 4,2008

(On the Jamia Nagar encounter)

Says the SP would withdraw support to the UPA if a probe wasn’t ordered and suggested that then Home Minister Shivraj Patil “resign on moral grounds”. “Our party supported the Government due to pressure from the minorities to keep the BJP at bay. If the judicial probe proves that those arrested in connection with the serial blasts are innocent,then we will have to rethink on support to the UPA.”

Sept 17,2008

(After SP leaders cross over to Congress in Madhya Pradesh)

“The Congress party betrayed us by engineering (the) defection. They have not only broken my party,but also my heart.” Absolves Sonia and Rahul of blame.

July 10,2008

(Before trust vote,amid rumours of an SP-Congress deal)

“When Prakash Karat goes to meet Sonia Gandhi,it’s called suhaag raat (wedding night). But when we go to meet Sonia Gandhi,it’s called balaatkaar (rape).” As women’s groups hit the streets,he backtracks: “Whatever may be the nature of politics with the Congress and CPI(M),I hold their leaders in high esteem and would never think of making any derogatory remarks against them.”

May 14,2007

(After the UP Assembly poll results)

“For the last one year,I have been hounded by Soniaji’s UPA Government. My phones have been tapped,my friends have been raided,I have been harassed. If Soniaji could not do anything to me,who is Mayawati?” The recent Assembly polls,he adds,had shown that Sonia and Rahul had been rejected by the state.

March 23,2007

(Before a hearing in the Mulayam case)

Brings out a list of charges against the Congress and uses UPA ally Lalu Prasad Yadav to show why the CBI probe is ‘dubious’. “I am not saying Lalu Prasad is guilty,but here is an investigating agency which says there is no case against Lalu,even as the Bihar Government files a review petition in the Patna High Court.”

Jan 6,2006

(Accuses Congress of phone-tapping)

“I am not afraid of blackmail and will expose those behind the entire operation… The whole thing is produced and directed by 10 Janpath.” Adds that at least 60 tapes of leaders of various parties,including the BJP and Congress,are in the possession of Sonia.

July 29,2004

(The famous dinner,and the infamous ‘gatecrash’)

Laments publicly and repeatedly at the “cold” treatment he received at the dinner hosted by Sonia ahead of the formation of the UPA Government,though they were among those supporting the alliance. In a BBC interview,says the ruling party would have to pay dearly as without the SP’s support,“Two historical events would not have taken place. Ms Sonia Gandhi would not have got the opportunity to shun power and attain sainthood,which she claims to have acquired now,and Mr Manmohan Singh would not have become the Prime Minister.”

March 28,2004

(Before general elections)

“We are too hurt and betrayed to have any faith left in the overtures of Congress leaders. Their obsession with Mayawati and consistent cold-shouldering of the SP has definitely added to the bitterness.” However,says he has “high regards” for Sonia and was not averse to the possibility of pre-electoral ties.

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