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There is nothing to say in Beni-Mulayam duel: Cong

Addressing the controversy raked by steel minister Beni Prasad Verma attacking Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury on Monday said, ‘There is nothing really to say as there are two individuals who are trading charges against each other. Those who are making such charges should also stand by it to ensure that they can prove such things. There is nothing for us to contribute to it. That was his personal opinion and that has been settled. As far as new allegations, this man has to substantiate these. It results in fall of standards. We must maintain morality in public life.’

On being asked about Beni getting the go-ahead from the party, she said, ‘We are not commenting on Beniji as he is a senior man and seasoned politician who knows what he is doing. He can account and answer for on what he has to say. I am not answering from this platform since I was neither witness nor was I aware as to what happened.’

To a question as to how the Congress party views Modi’s elevation to the BJP’s parliamentary board, she said, ‘We don’t know whether its elevation, promotion, demotion, deviation, dilution. We have no idea. We have no opinion. We are not concerned. It is there internal matter and good luck.’

It is said that Varun Gandhi has been elevated because he has a Gandhi surname. Do you think BJP is trying to encash Gandhi surname? She said, ‘I don’t know what BJP is trying to encash. There is very little left for them to cash or encash.’

To a question on newly appointed Bihar PCC president Ashok Chaudhary, she said, ‘he has been chosen for his capacities, capabilities and potential. If there is case against him it needs to be substantiated and then action will be taken. But till there is nothing we should assume as the law of the land says that they are innocent until proven guilty. We are with every community. There is no question of the Congress party wilfully denying anything to any community. We are always with everyone. The secular credentials of the Congress have always been there. And there is nothing to question or dispute on that.’
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