I'm not in race but I see clear win for BJP in Chh'garh: Judeo

The scam-tainted ex-union minister said he was not in the race for chief ministership but foresaw BJP taking a clear majority in the state.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 14:10 IST

Former Union Minister Dilip Singh Judeo, who is in the eye of the storm for the cash-on-camera controversy, on Thursday said he was not in the race for chief ministership of Chhattisgarh but foresaw BJP taking a clear majority.

"I am not in the race...But I see BJP getting a clear majority in Chattisgarh and the local MLAs together with the party high command will decide on who will become the Chief Minister," Judeo said.

The former minister said he would file a defamation suit against Chief Minister Ajit Jogi when asked what action he would like to take against the incumbent Chief Minister.

In Raipur, Union Minister Ramesh Bais claimed the trends indicate the cash-on-camera scam did not have any bearing on the assembly elections. "It clearly establishes that cash-on-camera scam did not have any impact on the outcome of the Chhattisgarh elections," he said.

Accusing the Ajit Jogi government of unleashing a reign terror in the state, Bais told reporters BJP could form its own government in the state by bagging 50 seats.

The party's strategy of portraying a collective leadership has definitely benefitted it, the union minister said.

Bais, who is also an aspirant for the post of the Chief Minister, said if the party central leadership resposes confidence in him he would "fulfil his duty". However, he said the decision about electing party's legislative party leader would be taken by the BJP top brass.

First Published: Dec 04, 2003 13:49 IST