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No tie-up with BSP, says Jogi

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister has ruled out an electoral alliance with the BSP, projected the BJP, his main rival, as of no consequence and dismissed the VC Shukla-led NCP in the state as virtually non-existent.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST

Chhattisgarh Chief Ministerhasruled outan electoral alliance with the BSP, projected the BJP, his main rival, as of no consequence and dismissed the VC Shukla-led NCP in the state as virtually non-existent.

At a "Meet the Press" programme hosted by the Press Club of India in New Delhi on in September, the chief minister refuted all the allegations levelled at him over his family rule, style of functioning, charges of graft, producing a false certificate to claim tribal status, mismanaging drought and flood relief and corruption in education.

He was dismissive of the BJP's reported complaint to the Election Commission that fair polls were not possible under his regime by dubbing their reaction as "panicky" at the prospect of an impending defeat.

Jogi tried to justify his charge that the BJP-led government at the Centre had launched "Operation Black Sea" to malign him and some other Congress leaders by asserting that "not even the dimmest of morons would write a letter which is self-incriminating." He dismissed the controversy over his tribal status stating that the High Court has ruled in his favour four times.

First Published: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST