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Jogi unacceptable as CM: Atal

Launching a scathing attack on Chhattisgarh CM, Vajpayee today said Jogi should have quit after being chargesheeted by the CBI.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2003 15:25 IST

Launching a scathing attack on Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday said Ajit Jogi should have resigned after he was chargesheeted by CBI in a forgery case.

Jogi "instead of sticking to his chair should have resigned and faced the charges. But unfortunately this did not happen. The chargesheeted Chief Minister continues to be in office," he told an election rally here, his first in Chhattisgarh, which goes to polls on December one.

Recalling Jogi's allegation that the Intelligence Bureau had launched a campaign to malign him and other Congress leaders, Vajpayee said he had asked the Cabinet Secretary to examine the charges made in a letter by Jogi to him earlier this year.

"CBI was entrusted the probe and the investigating agency found that the papers submitted by the Chief Minister along with his letter were forged. Why should anyone try to defame a Chief Minister?", he said.

Pointing out that CBI has filed a case and a chargesheet against Jogi, the Prime Minister said the Chief Minister's continuance in office was "unacceptable".

First Published: Nov 22, 2003 15:24 IST