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BJP to stage sit-in at Delhi for more

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 13:44 IST
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BHARATIYA JANATA Party (BJP) Members of Parliament and MLAs from the State will stage a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on September 6 in support of their demand for more relief fund from the Union Government for flood and rain affected people in the State.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the State BJP Core Committee held at the State BJP headquarters here on saturday and State BJP president Satyanarayan Jatia presided over.  Giving information about the Core Committee decisions Jatia told newspersons that financial assistance from the Union Government was not adequate.

The sum of Rs 100 crore given by them was in fact the share of the State Government in Central Relief Fund, which would have come to the State under such circumstances.

Jatia said a number of people were killed in the floods and properties worth hundreds of crores of rupees were damaged. He said the State Government’s recent estimate of damage to property was pegged at about Rs 1,250 crore.

Given another spate of floods, the figure must have exceeded the amount. Hence, the State Government expected immediate relief fund from the Union Government of at least Rs 1,000 crore.

He said the Core Committee also decided the party will organise the singing of Vande Mataram from the State to mandal unit level on September 7 to mark centenary year celebrations of the national song.

When asked about the mandatory singing of the national song at public places he said it was the Government’s prerogative to take such a decision.

He said the committee also reviewed the party’s preparations for the two ensuing by-polls for Vidisha Lok Sabha seat and Bada Malehra Assembly seat.

He squarely blamed the Congress in the Ujjain incident for putting pressure on the administration. He said administration was under tremendous pressure because of the unwarranted act of Congress leaders who hyped the issue through the media and politicised such a sensitive issue to draw political mileage.

Hinting that the arrests of ABVP activists were made on false grounds, Jatia said an impartial investigation was going on and the truth would ultimately come out.

Those who attended the meeting included Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, MPs Sumitra Mahajan, Vikram Verma, Maya Singh, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Chandramani Tripathi and Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, Ministers Babulal Gaur and Narendra Singh Tomar, state BJP general secretary Anil Dave and Sudhakar Bapat.