MP: Tankha vows to show BJP power of law

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2016 15:13 IST
Vivek Tankha waves to his partymen in Bhopal on Saturday. (Praveen Bajpai/HT photo)

Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Congress leader Vivek Tankha, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh , accused the BJP of trying to defeat him through unfair means – a charge promptly dismissed by the ruling party.

Tankha, who had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election from Jabalpur as a Congress candidate, became famous after representing whistleblowers in the multi-layered Vyapam scam.

After winning the Rajya Sabha election against BJP-backed Vinod Gontia, Tankha issued a veiled warning to the BJP, saying he would now tell the saffron party the power of law.

“Lawyers work for the society and country, but the BJP tried to defeat both me and another senior advocate Kapil Sibal in the RS polls, as both of us contested against the BJP’s machinations to usurp power in Arunachal and Uttarakhand. Despite not having the requisite numbers to win the election for third seat in MP, they (BJP) tried to create numbers on lines of Arunachal and Uttarakhand, but failed… We’ll now tell them the power of law,” he told media persons here.

Congress’s Sibal was elected to the upper house of parliament from Uttar Pradesh.

While expressing gratitude to the entire Congress leadership, Tankha had a special word of thanks for BSP supremo Mayawati, the support of whose four MLAs saw him cruise to victory.

The BSP’s support to the Congress nominee Tankha led to speculations in some quarters of a possible Congress-BSP alliance in the upcoming 2017 UP assembly polls and the 2018 MP assembly polls.

Tankha said he wished to work vigorously for the development of the state’s Mahakaushal region.

Like other senior party leaders, including former Union minister Kamal Nath and party general secretary in charge of MP Mohan Prakash, Tankha also dubbed the Saturday poll’s outcome to be the harbinger of which way the 2018 assembly polls would go in the state.

“The bugle for the 2018 polls has been blown today and will gather more momentum in future,” said Kamal Nath, who is being tipped among several quarters as the future face of Congress in the state.

But when specifically asked whether he would be the Congress’s CM candidate in the 2018 polls in MP, Kamal Nath said, “I am not in pursuit of any post. My sole purpose is to reunite the party in the state. The state has been pushed into the throes of darkness; we’ve to bring it back to radiance,” he added.

While Kamal Nath pledged to work for the unity of the party in MP in presence of state party chief Arun Yadav and other senior leaders, the party MLA from Nagod seat of Satna district, Yadavendra Singh, slammed the newly elected RS member before the media for failing to name former leader of opposition in state assembly Ajay Singh ‘Rahul’ at the press conference.

Congratulating the winners from his party, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the BJP was in favour of clean politics and didn’t believe in horse-trading. Union steel minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the party would benefit from Dave and Akbar’s experiences.

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