Close on the heels of state Congress president Kantilal Bhuria’s allegations that Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh has connections with Naxalites, state BJP chief Narendra Singh Tomar accused former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi of hatching a conspiracy leading to the attack.
“Ajit Jogi jis prakar roodan kar rahe the isase aisa lagta hai ki isme kisi aur ka haath nahi Ajit Jogi ka shadyantra dikh raha hai (The manner in which Ajit Jogi has been shedding crocodile tears, it appears that no one else had a hand in it but Jogi)”, said Tomar, addressing the state BJP’s executive committee members in his address at the Mela Ground here on Thursday. The remark generated much political heat in Raipur, where Jogi reportedly threatened to sue Tomar if he didn’t tender an apology.
In his speech, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan too did not spare the Congress. “I have never seen such dirty politics before,” he said.
BJP’s MP party affairs in-charge Ananth Kumar too defended Tomar’s remarks. Ananth said there’s a big question in the minds of people as to how MLA Kavasi Lakhma got out of the attack with – “with God’s grace or somebody else’s grace?” Questions are being asked as to where Ajit Jogi was (at the time of the attack), he said.
Broadening the ambit of his attack on the Congress and the UPA government at the Centre, Kumar alleged that there were Naxal-sympathizers in the National Advisory Council. “They should step down,” he demanded. The BJP leader also reminded his audience that when P Chidambaram talked of taking stern action against Naxalites, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh wrote a letter to the Central government opposing any such action. “Had the Centre taken tough action then, such an incident would not have happened,” he said.