THE DEBATE on admissibility of Congress’s adjournment motion over the attempt to murder case against former chief minister Uma Bharti exposed the Sadhvi to attack by BJP members who used the opportunity to the hilt to revile their former leader on Thursday in the State assembly. The protracted debate ended with Congress walkout in the afternoon session following the Government’s refusal to allow a CBI probe into the incident.
A day after the house was adjourned on this issue, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani allowed debate on the adjournment motion with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s concurrence. Former chief minister Digvijay Singh, who initiated the debate, narrated the ‘genesis’ of the clash that culminated into slapping of the attempt to murder charge against Uma Bharti. His graphic narration of the incident provoked BJP uproar several times. Even the Speaker objected to the manner Digvijay presented the ‘Shiv-Uma Samvad’ at Jaitpur.
According to Singh, the spat between Shivraj and Uma at Jaitpur on October 27 over landing of helicopter led the Sadhvi to suspect a conspiracy of murder against her. And, the incident in Sarora village on October 30 proved that despite enjoying Z-plus category security cover, she is not safe in Madhya Pradesh
“I have no faith in MP police. So, the whole issue should be handed over to the CBI for probe”, Digvijay demanded. Replying to the allegations, Medical Education Minister Ajay Vishnoi lambasted both Digvijay Singh and Uma Bharti. He said Uma is a compulsive liar and patron of anti-social elements. Vishnoi further alleged that Uma staged drama after she realised that her party’s defeat in Malehra was certain. Another Minister Kusum Mehdele even alleged that Section 307 was slapped against Uma as she herself fired one round in the air.
Several other BJP leaders vociferously fulminated against the Sadhvi. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, however, exercised restraint. An emotional Chouhan said he would prefer to die than think about plotting any one’s killing.
He reiterated that he never killed even an ant in his life. Chouhan emphatically said that Uma Bharti was provided all the necessary security meant for the Z-plus security holder.
He also said that he has a CD of the entire incident showing the role of the Uma supporters. Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi said that the incident involving Uma Bharti was just a trailer of the deteriorating situation of the women in the State.