Congress slams manner of evicting former MPs

Written by Express news service | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 20 2014, 14:32pm hrs
As the war of words between Ajit Singh and the government intensified over his eviction from 12, Tughlaq Road, the Congress on Friday refrained from supporting his demand for converting the house into a memorial to former Prime Minister Charan Singh. However, it attacked the government for the manner in which it evicted former lawmakers, calling it reprehensible.

Ajit Singh was a minister in the UPA government and his party RLD is an ally of the Congress. Surprisingly, while the Congress condemned the coercive eviction of former ministers and MPs, it did not endorse the demand for converting the bungalow into a memorial. It also virtually disapproved the street protests by RLD over the issue.

Former Union minister and Congress spokesperson Salman Khurshid said it is for those who wish to see the bungalow converted into a memorial to reach out to the government. We are not there either to propagate or to respond, he said.

Khurshid, however, came down heavily on the government for forcing people to vacate bungalows. The manner in which it is being carried out is reprehensible and unbecoming of the government of a democratic country, he said.

The conduct towards people who have been in high office of this government is extremely unfair. It is unbecoming of the democracy of our kind to be switching off water and electricity to people who have been in high office...It is a very small issue which can be settled among people who have to implement the law and the people who are at the receiving end of implementation of the law, he said.