'Nobody can point finger at my party': Mayawati
New Delhi, Mar. 20 : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, while commenting on the issue of taking or giving commission to support the UPA, on Wednesday exuded confidence in her party, and said that it has a clean image.
"Congress would be able to tell better about both the parties, whether they are giving or taking commission," said Mayawati, while reacting to Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma's reported remarks against Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav that he takes commission to back the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre.
"Samajwadi Party would be able to tell that. I am responsible for my party. As far as BSP is concerned, nobody can point finger at my party," she added.
Verma, who alleged that the Samajwadi Party chief has links with terrorists, also accused him of taking 'commission' for supporting the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
"Samajwadi Party nahin, sirf Mulayam Singh Yadav kharab hai. Unka apradhik jeevan raha hai, aur aatankwadiyon se bhi unka rishta hai. Bahut jald Mulayam Tihar Jail janey ko taiyyar rahein. Mulayam zaher ka ghoont pe rahe hain, aur Congress ko samarthan de rahey hain, aur commission bhi kha rahey hain. (Not only the SP, even Mulayam is a bad person. He has a criminal background and relations with terrorists. Mulayam should be ready to go to Tihar Jail soon. He is extending support to Congress under compulsion, and also taking commission for this.)" He added: "Mulayam ne hamesha apney virodhiyon ko dushman ki tarah liya hai. Mulayam looterey key sath gundey bhi hain. (Mulayam treats his opponents as his enemy. He is a dacoit, a goon.)," The Indian Express quoted Verma, as saying at a a public function in Gonda on Sunday.
Verma, however, today apologised for his apologised for his remarks critical of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
"I am sorry if my remarks have hurt any body's sentiments," he told media after a brief meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The Union Steel Minister's remark came at a time when the Congress-led UPA Government is facing the political challenge in the wake of the DMK pull out over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils.
The DMK's move has put the UPA in a position where it is now looking forward to the regional parties for support, especially Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) for support.