New Delhi | January 29, 2006 9:56:38 PM IST
Taking strong umbrage at American envoy David Mulford’s statement that
India must vote against Iran on the nuclear issue, the Samajwadi Party
today demanded his immediate recall by the Bush administration, saying
the remarks were ”a slight on India’s sovereignty and unacceptable to
In a resolution, passed unanimously at the SP’s Parliamentary Board
meeting here, the party also decided to give a ”befitting” reply to
US President George Bush during his coming visit to India.
”Mr Bush’s itinerary includes a visit to the Taj Mahal, and we promise
that he would get a taste of our anger for his envoy’s arrogant and
threatening remarks against India ,” party General Secretary Amar
Singh said, briefing reporters on the deliberations of the meeting that
lasted over four hours.
Mr Singh said the party meeting, attended by around 50 MPs and presided
over by SP President and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh
Yadav, also approved a resolution demanding the resignation of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue, accusing the UPA government of
acting like ”an agent of US imperialism”.
Pointing out that the job of an ambassador was to foster cordial
relations between two countries, he asked the Central government not to
take Mr Mulford’s remarks in a supine manner.
He also warned that the party would forcefully raise the issue both in
Parliament and outside. ”Mr Bush will be greeted with strident
opposition at every level,” he added.
The meeting, which discussed the current political situation in the
country, also demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister, Home
Minister Shivraj Patil and Railway Minister and RJD President Lalu
Prasad in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement in the Bihar assembly