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MP Govt tapped phones of Uma: Channel

A Hindi television news channel on Thursday night claimed to have evidence that telephones of 50 politicians in MP were tapped by the police.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 00:36 IST

A Hindi television news channel on Thursday night claimed to have evidence that telephones of 50 politicians in Madhya Pradesh, including those of expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti, former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh, were tapped by the police when Babulal Gaur was the Chief Minister.

The channel India TV said the politicians whose phones were tapped also included senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan, leader of the opposition Jamuna Devi, Congress leader Manak Agarwal, Agriculture Minister Chandrabhan Singh of BJP, Uma loyalist and former union minister Prahlad Patel and Gauri Shankar Shewaj and some other BJP leaders.

The tapping was done by the Special Task Force of state police between October and December last year when Bharti had raised a banner of revolt against Gaur's leadership in a bid to stage a comeback as Chief Minister, the news channel said.

Reacting to the alleged phone-tapping, Bharti said "it is against principles of democracy, volatile of rules and an act of cowardice".

"People who have done this are cowards. While grassroot workers are working hard, the leaders are involved in a conspiracy. It (BJP) has become a party of conspirators", she said.

"Advaniji (LK Advani) and Vajpayeeji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) should be told that if the party has become so sick that its leaders cannot be trusted, may be the time has come for a split", Bharti said.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 00:36 IST