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Uma likely to move court

BHARATIYA JANSHAKTI national president Uma Bharti today said here that she might move court to demand a CBI inquiry into incidents of violence at village Sirora during by-election in Bada Malehra Assembly constituency, where ?an attempt on her life? was allegedly made.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 17:20 IST

BHARATIYA JANSHAKTI national president Uma Bharti today said here that she might move court to demand a CBI inquiry into incidents of violence at village Sirora during by-election in Bada Malehra Assembly constituency, where “an attempt on her life” was allegedly made.

Talking informally to reporters at her residence here, Bharti said that she had demanded an inquiry by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), CID, into the incident and both the Governor and the Director General of Police (DGP) had assured her to do the needful but no action has been taken in that regard so far despite Governor writing to the State Government for the same.

Describing the sequence of events that day, she said that the persons who allegedly attacked her were outsiders and their intention was to kill her.

Bharti further said that after an offence under Section 307 of the IPC was registered against her and not the actual offenders, who attacked her, she had met the DGP, who assured her to review the matter. Following this, a case under Section 307 of the IPC was registered against Surendra Pratap Singh under the same section and he would have been arrested by now if BJP president Rajnath Singh had not visited his house at Kharagpur for celebration on BJP’s victory at Bada Malehra.

She also released to media the copies of her letters to Rajnath Singh and Arun Shourie, in which she has accused the former of ‘glorifying’ a criminal by visiting his house and participating in celebrations over BJP’s victory in the by-election.

She said arm-twisting of this kind for vested political motives symbolised degradation and deterioration in politics. Regarding submitting a memorandum to Governor Balram Jakhar in this regard and the Raj Bhawan ordering a CID inquiry into the case, the former chief minister alleged that the CID inquiry was not “progressing because of involvement of certain high-ups”.

She alleged that false cases had been registered against her and some other BJ leaders at the behest of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The government had failed to collect evidence to substantiate charges against her, she claimed. Bharti said the police were shadowing her in a bid to collect evidence against her but the attempts proved futile.

On Pandhana by-election, she said that Prahlad Patel and Raghunandan Sharma would take care of the party’s campaigning and as and when they need her, she would visit the constituency.