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Judeo case continues to dog BJP

Congress campaign incharge in Rajasthan and member of Congress Working Committee Ram Nivas Mirdha said the Judeo case has exposed the BJP and its leaders.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 20:50 IST

The stink created by the Dilip Singh Judeo bribery affair continued to dog the BJP on Wednesday in a rebuttal to the defence of the Chhattisgarh leader by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at a public meeting in Bikaner a day before.

Congress campaign incharge in Rajasthan and member of Congress Working Committee Ram Nivas Mirdha on Wednesday said Vajpayee wrongly compared Judeo's case with Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi's forgery case. "Jogi's case is several years old and it is on in the high court as well," said Mirdha.

"The incident involving Judeo is extremely serious. It cannot be compared with Jogi's," he said. Mirdha also challenged the "moral grounds" the PM cited as the reason for Jogi's removal or resignation. "Their first reaction was entirely different. They defended Judeo and dismissed the entire evidence as false. Only when the pressure of public opinion mounted and they remembered the elections that they got him to resign," said Mirdha.

Mirdha said it was just another incident in keeping with the NDA government's track record as seen in tehelka case, the defence deals during Kargil war, the sanctuary scam in PM's own constituency and the various financial scams and disinvestments deals. "And after a while, the ministers who are removed or resign are reinstated," he added.

Rajasthan Congress president Girija Vyas was confident that the 'cash on camera' scandal would help the party in the Assembly elections in Rajasthan.

She said the 'Judeo effect' would help the Congress in the Assembly polls in the State. "First it was the BJP president (Bangaru Laxman) who was caught in camera accepting money in the Tehelka controversy and now it is a Union Minister (Judeo)," she said.

"There is rampant corruption in the BJP-led coalition government... The BJP is now seen as a corrupt party," Vyas said. On Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's demand that Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, accused in a forgery case, should also quit, she chief said "There is no need for Jogi to resign...Jogi's issue is a different one...Let there be an impartial CBI inquiry into the charges against him."

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 20:50 IST