BHARATIYA JANSHAKTI leader Uma Bharti on Thursday attacked the BJP for promoting ‘parivarvad’ by naming Devendra Verma as their candidate for the by-election.
Addressing a press conference at Khandwa where she had come to canvass for the BJS candidate Vasudev Atut, she said that while the murder of Kishorilal Verma and his wife was sad and she too was pained, it did not mean that their son should be nominated.
She interpreted this move as result of a lack of quality candidates in the BJP. She said that in Bada Malhera no one from among the BJP was willing to fight and that is why they fielded an ex-Communist as their candidate.
She said that the Pandhana by-election should not be seen as arena where the existence of her party was at stake, “That chapter has already been closed with the election results at Bara Malhera and Vidisha where we lost only due to massive rigging by the ruling party.
We will only move forward from here.” Rather, this election should be seen as a fight between ‘Dharma’ and ‘Adharma’. Taking a leaf out of the Mahabharat she said that the Kauravas were ruling when the battle took place and they had usurped what rightfully belonged to the Pandavas.
Asked if she feared that this election too would be rigged, she said that she had full faith in the Election Commission. “It was after my meeting with the full panel of the EC after the rigging at Vidisha and Bara Malhera election, to ensure that the Pandhana by-poll was fair, the EC has decided to have closed circuit cameras in 120 of the 191 polling booths of the constituency.’’
She said that some violation on the use to vehicles by ministers like Rustam Singh, Prakash Sonkar, during the campaign had been brought to the notice of the EC. She claimed that if the elections were free and fair then the BJP candidate would lose his deposit.