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SP To Go To Court Against Gadkari, Seeking Legal Opinion

Samajwadi Party  on Thursday said it will go to court against BJP chief Nitin Gadkari for his remarks against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Prasad. "Nitin Gadkari has used objectionable language
PTI May 13, 2010 16:40 IST
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Samajwadi Party  on Thursday said it will go to court against BJP chief Nitin Gadkari for his remarks against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Prasad.

"Nitin Gadkari has used objectionable language against senior leaders like Mulayam Singh and Lalu Prasad. The kind of language used by him shows that though he represents a national party, he has a very narrow minded approach...

"We are seeking legal opinion on the issue and will go to court against him," SP national spokesperson Mohan Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

He said that Gadkari's comments reflect the deep-rooted bias which the RSS and BJP have against people of lower caste.

When asked whether the party would forgive Gadkari, who has withdrawn his comments, Singh said, "We may accept his apology, but what about those millions of dalits and OBCs, whose feelings have been hurt by his comments." He said the party would burn the effigy of RSS in protest against Gadkari's comments.

Gadkari had yesterday said, "Mulayam Singh aur Lalu Prasad jo Congress aur UPA ke virodh ki baat karte hain, woh bhi jaakar CBI ke saamne jhuk gaye .... bade dakartey the sher jaise, ab kuttey ke jaise ban kar Soniaji aur Congress key ghar par talve chatney lagey (Mulayam and Lalu who speak against Congress and UPA, they too have bowed before CBI .... these leaders were roaring like lions but later bowed like dogs to lick the feet of Sonia and Congress)."

The SP General Secretary rubbished reports that his party broke opposition unity by siding with the UPA and abstaining from voting in favour of the cut motion.

Asked whether SP would offer its support to UPA if Trinamool Congress parted ways, another party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said, "It is an imaginary question, we cannot reply to it."

In response to a question on whether SP supported the institution of Khap Panchayats, Mohan Singh said, "We oppose any institution that goes against the law of the land." Meanwhile, a Lucknow report said SP workers burnt Gadkari's effigy and staged a demonstration in front of the Vidhan Bhawan. PTI