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Uma: Mockery of democracy

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 15:52 IST

TERMING THE attempt to murder case filed against her by the State police as a “mockery of democracy,” Bharatiya Janashakti president Uma Bharti today demanded CBI probe into the matter.

She asked top BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani to intervene and save ‘terrorised’ people in the party-ruled state. “The manner in which attempt to murder case was filed against me and others was nothing but a mockery of democracy. A CBI probe should be conducted into the entire episode as an atmosphere of terror prevailed under BJP rule in the state,” Bharti told reporters here.

To a query, Bharti said she had no plans to surrender in the wake of the criminal case filed on Wednesday and threatened to launch a vigorous campaign against “terror perpetrated by criminal elements and to save the people of the State.” Thanking Congress leaders Digvijay Singh and Jamuna Devi for their support, Bharti said, “If Congress extends cooperation to us, we will also co-operate.” However, she made it clear that there would be no cooperation in the political arena - either in toppling or formation of governments.

Blaming chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the alleged attack on her convoy at Sarora village during Bada Malehra assembly by-elections on October 30 and filing of the case against her, she alleged “principles, values and morality have been discarded by the ruling BJP.”

BJP stalwarts like Vajpayee and Advani must intervene and save the people of the State from “the clutches of Chouhan,” she said.

Charging the BJP with bidding goodbye to ideology, Bharti alleged that “some people in the party for which I worked for over 30 years with dedication and commitment are attempting to finish me now”.

She reiterated that there was threat to her life. Bharti lashed out at senior police and administrative officials accusing them of being responsible for clashes at Sarora and Jaitpur villages. Alleging that police officials visited the house of the accused allegedly involved in attack on her motorcade, she claimed their behaviour and conduct would encourage “feudalism and criminalisation.”

Asserting that she would not succumb to any pressure or intimidation, Bharti vowed to fight against injustice, oppression and feudal forces tooth and nail and “rescue the people of the State from the clutches of unprincipled elements.”  PTI