Rahul, PM could address rally in Banda: Congress

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LUCKNOW - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi may soon hold a public rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Banda to mark the party’s protest against “total breakdown of law and order”, following the rape of a minor girl by a legislator of the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) there.

Disclosing this here Tuesday, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi said: “This follows today’s Lucknow visit of Rahul Gandhi, who has not only expressed his desire to hold a rally in Banda but has also agreed to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

According to her, the rally was likely to be held sometime towards the beginning of February.

Meanwhile, the Allahabad High Court Tuesday admitted an application moved by rights group, Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in the Banda rape case.

The court has also directed the organisation to send a two-member woman team to meet the girl at her home and record her independent statement which would be taken up by the court at the next hearing in the case Jan 21.

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