Nothing wrong in my brotherís business deals: Maya


BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday called a press conference to clarify that there was nothing wrong in the business dealings of her brother Anand Kumar and her party general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra's son.

"My opponents are trying to publicise some old allegations against me. The Indian Express is planning to publish certain news reports regarding some allegations regarding the baseless facts of allotments of farmhouses in Noida and Greater Noida to my relatives and my brother (during the BSP regime). It is baseless and without facts," Mayawati said.

She was referring to a questionnaire this newspaper sent on a report it is working on. She also said her brother had no links with real estate companies. "Any claims regarding that are also baseless and without facts," she claimed.

Mayawati also defended the business dealings of Mishra's son saying that Mishra was being "deliberately" targeted to defame her party. "He is clean," she said, in response to queries on whether she vouched for the fair business dealings even in case of Mishra's son.

She said she had been forced to call the press conference because a reporter from The Indian Express had sought their version on a potential news report.

The BSP supremo also suggested that the media should "investigate" the business dealings and assets of family members of leaders of other parties ó in particular, the assets of Ranjan Bhattacharya, the foster son-in-law of former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.

"You should try to find out the businesses and assets of Bhattacharya before Vajpayee became prime minister and how much it rose after he took over as the prime minister," she said, adding that similar "inquiries" should be made about the "relatives" of influential Congress leaders.

'Hindus angry over Shinde's hasty remarks'

BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday expressed her disapproval of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's remarks on Hindu terror, saying it was "not correct" to make such statements in "haste" without substantiating it and the courts should be allowed to take a decision in these cases first. Meanwhile, the BJP, which has asked Shinde to retract his remarks, today threatened to disrupt the coming Budget Session of Parliament to press for his removal.

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