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Arjun files papers

UNION HUMAN Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh today filed his nomination for election to Rajya Sabha here. Singh, who came on a wheelchair pushed by policemen to the State Assembly to file his nomination, was surrounded by hundreds of his supporters.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 21:49 IST

UNION HUMAN Resource Development (HRD) Minister Arjun Singh today filed his nomination for election to Rajya Sabha here. Singh, who came on a wheelchair pushed by policemen to the State Assembly to file his nomination, was surrounded by hundreds of his supporters.

Remarkably, four Members of Legislative Assembly of parties other than the Congress also supported Arjun Singh's nomination.

They include Manmohan Shah Batti of the Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GGP), Hamid Qazi of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Dileep Gurjar (independent) and Harsh Singh of Rashtriya Samanta Party. After filing his nomination, Arjun Singh, in a written statement, expressed gratitude towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi 'for giving him a chance to serve for some more days'.

He further pledged to continue fighting against communal forces with the Congress top leadership and assist the party in significant initiatives being taken for country's development.

Singh said he would meet his obligations towards Congressmen of Madhya Pradesh, particularly those who have helped him, and urged all the partymen to maintain unity at a time when a 'communal' party was in power in Madhya Pradesh.

Talking informally to reporters following filing of nomination, Arjun Singh said a Central team would soon visit Madhya
Pradesh for assessment of damage to crops due to recent hailstorms and rains.

In reply to a question on the alleged phone tapping during the Bharatiya Janata Party regime in the State, he said there were rules governing phone tapping by a Government and if there were allegations of phone tapping from any quarters, those should be looked into.

When asked about Budhni by-election, he said the Congress would contest the by-election with the same seriousness as it has contested all elections.

On the probable Congress candidate from Budhni, he said the question should be put to State Congress president Subhash Yadav.

He refused to comment on working of the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State.