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Cong condemns attack

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 15:24 IST
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CONGRESS ON Monday came forward in support of Bharatiya Janshakti leader Uma Bharti, vehemently condemning the alleged attack on her during polling in Bada Malhera Assembly constituency on Monday.

AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh, talking to journalists in the State Assembly premises, condemned the attack on Uma Bharti and said she had expressed apprehension such an attack three days before the polling. Despite this she had not been provided additional security and the incident occurred in the presence of police.

He also condemned the statement of Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi and said he should not forget that he owed his position to Uma Bharti and her relentless campaigning for the BJP during December 2003 Assembly election.

He demanded that the Chief Minister should seek Vishnoi’s resignation for his indecent remarks against Uma Bharti. Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi described the incident as an attempt by the ‘power-drunk’ BJP to crush its opponents.

She further said that power struggle between the BJP and the BJ is reflecting on the law & order situation in the State. “It was responsibility of the State Government to provide security to Uma Bharti,” she said.

State Congress chief Subhash Yadav said that the BJP, which claims to be a ‘cultured’ party, is expected to restrain its workers from indulging in hooliganism. He echoed Singh’s views saying that CM should sack Vishnoi for his remarks against an esteemed woman leader.