On the eve of the Monsoon session of Parliament, SP leader Naresh Agarwal made it clear the bill in its present form was not acceptable and required certain amendments. "If need be, we will vote against the bill," he added.

The SP, which provides crucial outside support to the UPA, has 22 members in the Lok Sabha and its backing is vital for the passage of the bill, which is touted as a ‘game changer’ by the UPA government.
Agarwal, however, ruled out that the party's stand on the Food Bill had anything to do with Congress president Sonia Gandhi's letter on suspension of Nagpal by the Uttar Pradesh government. He hit out at the UPA dispensation for pursuing wrong policies. He said that such letters are routine and are of no importance.
Gandhi in her letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked the Centre to ensure Nagpal is not ‘unfairly treated.’
Agarwal said there are many IAS and IPS officers who have been suspended or transferred in the past and this comes within the rights of the state government. "This cannot be made into a topic of debate," he added.
Agarwal also questioned why Sonia Gandhi hadn't written a letter in support of Ashok Khemka, the Haryana IAS officer who had scrapped her son-in-law Robert Vadra's controversial land deals and was transferred.


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