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No witch-hunting against Digvijay: Uma Bharti

She ruled out launching any separate judicial probe into alleged corruption by outgoing chief minister Digvijay Singh.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2003 23:35 IST

Hours after BJP stormed back to power in Madhya Pradesh after 10 years, its chief ministerial candidate Uma Bharti on Thursday spoke of inheriting an economy in ruins but ruled out launching any separate judicial probe into alleged corruption by outgoing chief minister Digvijay Singh.

"I don't think there is any need for a separate judicial inquiry. The defamation suit lodged against me by Digvijay Singh will itself lead to court probing the matter," a beaming Bharti told reporters in Bhopal.

Bharti, who is poised to become the first woman chief minister of the state, said her priority would be to address the problems of power crisis, bad roads and water shortage as also tackling the issue of unemployment.

The feisty sanyasin saw 'Hindutva' and development as complementary of each other "as the concept of Hindutva was irrevocably linked to the idea of 'ram rajya'."

"When you talk of development, the issue of Hindutva automatically comes to the fore as it is linked to Ram Rajya which speaks of good governance without any discrimination."

She said her party has inherited an economy in ruins with the state having debts to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore. "The condition of Madhya Pradesh is like a termite-infested log," she said.

Asked to comment on Digvijay Singh's claim that his government had laid the foundation of development, she said if it was so why was it invisible.