?BJP jittery over support to Uma?
TAKING STRONG exception to the administration slapping notices on Uma Bharti supporters in the City yesterday for threat to peace, Uma loyalist and former Union Minister Prahlad Patel said that the BJP was resorting to terror tactics as it was getting jittery due to overwhelming support to Janadesh Yatra in the State.Updated: Feb 27, 2006 23:51 IST
TAKING STRONG exception to the administration slapping notices on Uma Bharti supporters in the City yesterday for threat to peace, Uma loyalist and former Union Minister Prahlad Patel said that the BJP was resorting to terror tactics as it was getting jittery due to overwhelming support to Janadesh Yatra in the State.
Without mincing words, Patel said that this was worse than the Emergency. The BJP Government was misusing its administrative machinery to terrorise Uma supporters in the City who are making efforts to drum up public support for the public meeting of Uma Bharti proposed on March 3 when she reaches the City as part of her Janadesh Yatra, he felt. “This is murder of democracy in the State.
In democratic system, anybody can work for any party. But the BJP and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are getting jittery over the overwhelming support to the Janadesh Yatra,” Patel said.
Patel’s ire stems from the fact that the district administration had issued notices to prominent Uma supporters in the City under Section 113 of IPC for threat to peace and had asked them to be present at the SDM’s office on March 3 to explain why further action should not be initiated against them. Incidentally, Uma Bharti’s public meeting is also scheduled on March 3.
The SDM had slapped notices on former Corporator Manoj Shindwe and other Uma supporters Narendra Dalchand and Pawan Choukse. All three are actively engaged in trumpeting support for the proposed public meeting.
Condemning the government’s attitude towards the Janadesh Yatra, Patel demanded immediate action against officials who issued such notices to Uma supporters. “I am going to fax this notice to the Chief Secretary to demand immediate action against the guilty officials,” Patel said.
Patel said the Janadesh Yatra was getting huge response from the public. In Mandsaur, Ratlam and Neemuch in the Malwa region, the Yatra was received with enthusiasm.
“All this is happening when we have not formed a party, nor do we have the support of big leaders. The Janadesh Yatra is getting more response than the earlier Sankalp Yatra of Uma Bharti when both the party and personality were together,” Patel said.
Reiterating his earlier stand that the Budhni Assembly election, where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking election, is not that important for Uma supporters, Patel said they would make corruption the main poll issue and would campaign against that.
“We are preparing for the next Assembly elections, which will come earlier than expected. Chouhan cannot complete his full term as Chief Minister and his Ministry will fall under its own weight,” Patel said.
Inder Prajapat and Munna Thekedar were also present at the press conference held at Hotel Omni Palace today.
First Published: Feb 27, 2006 23:51 IST