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Congress minister’s aide threatened me: Dutt
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 1
Political partings are known to be bitter, but the one between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress hit a record low today, with the SP charging the Congress with threatening their protégé Sanjay Dutt against joining ranks with them and contesting on their ticket.

Just a day after Dutt claimed that an aide of a senior Congress minister had threatened him with dire consequences in case he joined the SP, the actor pointed the finger of blame at some Anshuman Mishra, allegedly close to Law Minister HR Bhardwaj. Mishra denied all allegations and steered clear of the controversy saying: “I never threatened Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay and Priya are like my children.”

Last night Dutt had blamed the Congress for denial of permission to him to contest elections from Lucknow. Accompanied by party general secretary Amar Singh, Dutt had also said he would name the minister and his aide concerned (who threatened him) when the right time comes. He admitted, however, to having been warned by a senior minister of grave consequences, including cancellation of bail, in the event of Sanjay Dutt’s joining the SP.

The tone for the allegation was set by Singh, who said the SP had been forced to wash dirty linen in public due to the Congress’ alleged misdemeanours. The SP leader caught on tape a former Congressman Vishwanath Chaturvedi, who claimed that the Congress high command had set him up to trap Mulayam Singh Yadav. Chaturvedi is the petitioner in the disproportionate assets case against Yadav.

Close on the heels of those charges, Dutt, in an interview to a private TV channel here, levelled allegations against Bhardwaj’s man saying: “I don’t care if I go to jail again. I am ready. I did a sting operation on a union minister. I wore a secret taping device to expose him. He warned me not to contest on the SP ticket.” Sanjay Dutt also blamed the Congress for his father’s death.

Meanwhile, SP general secretary Amar Singh threatened to expose Congress heavyweights as time went by. “I am beginning by exposing the pawns. I will come to the masters later,” threatened Singh.

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