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Bhopal: Uma, not BJP, responsible for charges against Digvijaya, says Kailash Joshi

Veteran BJP leader Kailash Joshi on Thursday said in Bhopal he did not accept Union water resources minister Uma Bharti’s contention that it was the party along with her, who were responsible for levelling alleged corruption charges against Digvijaya Singh.

bhopal Updated: Aug 21, 2015 20:34 IST
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Veteran BJP leader Kailash Joshi on Thursday said in Bhopal he did not accept Union water resources minister Uma Bharti’s contention that it was the party along with her, who were responsible for levelling alleged corruption charges against Digvijaya Singh.

“Uma Bharti, not the party, is responsible for the corruption charges levelled against Digvijaya Singh”, Joshi told Hindustan Times in an interview at his residence in Bhopal.

Uma Bharti while campaigning for the BJP during the 2003 assembly elections had alleged that Singh was involved in corrupt practices to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore.

Singh, the then chief minister of Madhya Pradesh had filed a defamation suit against Uma Bharti in the Bhopal district court, maintaining that the charges were baseless.

The BJP dislodged the 10-year-old Digivjaya Singh government paving the way for Uma Bharti to become the chief minister.

Uma Bharti stepped down from the post of the chief minister in 2004 in the wake of an arrest warrant issued against her by a court in Hubli, Karnataka.

The BJP, during the 2003 campaign, had printed handbills on the alleged corrupt practices by Digvijaya Singh. Joshi was the state BJP president at that time.

On Sunday, Uma Bharti during an interaction with the media said that she alone was not responsible for printing the booklets on the alleged corrupt practices by Digvijaya Singh.

“The entire party (the BJP state unit) was responsible for the charge-sheet (handbills). It was the responsibility of the chief ministers who came later to continue the inquiry. I will ask Digvijaya Singh to withdraw the case against me,” she had said.

Joshi, however, sought to steer clear of the controversy related to the printing of the handbills, saying the party had no hand in getting them printed.

When asked how he could not be held responsible when he and Uma Bharti had campaigned together for the party, Joshi said whatever Uma Bharti had said in her campaign speech was her own responsibility.

Asked whether the issue of corruption against Digvijaya Singh was the main poll plank in the 2003 assembly elections or not, he said there were a couple of corruption issues against him and they had raised it during the campaign but the main issue was the complete absence of governance in the state under Digvijaya Singh.

On the question of personally leveling corruption charges against Digvijaya Singh during his speeches, he said he did not remember if he had made such charges.

In reply to another question as to why the BJP government took so long to dig out the alleged corrupt practices byDigvijaya Singh as Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is doing now, he said the foremost priority of the BJP government after the 2003 assembly elections was how to put in place a system of governance and provide basic amenities for the people in the state.

“I don’t think the initiative (to dig out corruption cases) taken was taken late,” he said.

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Uma Bharti while campaigning for the BJP during the 2003 assembly elections had alleged that Digvijaya Singh was involved in corrupt practices to the tune of Rs 15,000 crore.

Singh, the then CM of Madhya Pradesh, had filed a defamation suit against Bharti in the Bhopal district court, maintaining that the charges were baseless.

The BJP dislodged the 10-year-old Digivjaya Singh government paving the way for Uma Bharti to become the chief minister.

Uma Bharti stepped down from the post of the chief minister in 2004 in the wake of an arrest warrant issued against her by a court in Karnataka.