New Delhi: Reiterate his stand on the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, which has created a war of words between the Congress and the Uttar Pradesh government, senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said that he does not regret his statement on the issue.
Justifying the suspension, the SP leader said there are many sensitive issues which call for prompt action by the government. Action against IAS officer Durga was an administrative decision which had to be taken, Ram Gopal added.
Blaming media for trying to tarnish the image of SP-led Uttar Pradesh government, Ram Gopal questioned why Durga's suspension was an issue, as suspensions have been done by earlier governments as well.
Reacting to UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to intervene in Durga's suspension, the SP leader said the Center should not interfere in Uttar Pradesh government's internal matters.
When asked if the SP and the Congress have reached to an agreement over the suspension issue, the SP leader said, "Durga's suspension was an administrative matter, where is the question of deal with the Congress on this issue."
"If IAS officer Durga is found innocent she will be reinstated," Ram Gopal added.