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Session cut short as Govt is scared of me: Uma

EXPELLED BJP leader Uma Bharti today accused the BJP Government of deliberately adjourning the budget session of the State Assembly to prevent her from attending the House. She had been absent from the House for the whole session.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2006 14:00 IST

EXPELLED BJP leader Uma Bharti today accused the BJP Government of deliberately adjourning the budget session of the State Assembly to prevent her from attending the House. She had been absent from the House for the whole session.

Bharti, who arrived here today, was supposed to attend proceedings today but before she could reach the House, it was adjourned sine dine amidst uproar by the Congress members on office-of-profit issue.

Later, addressing a press conference at her official residence, Bharti alleged that the budget session was scheduled to last till April 5 but was later rescheduled till today to prevent her from attending the House.

Bharti said that rescheduling earlier proposed the session to end on March 27 but when the State Government came to know that she would be arriving at Bhopal on March 24, its end was scheduled for today.

While stating that the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government was ‘afraid’ to face her on the floor of the House, she further questioned the propriety of adjourning the House sine dine soon after Question Hour today and said even if bedlam persisted in the House, it should have been adjourned till the lunch break rather than rushing through the business in 10 minute to facilitate adjournment of the House sine dine.

She compared Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government to a dead calf, which is stuffed and placed before the cow so that she continued giving milk.

Bharti also protested against media’s projection of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s resignation from Lok Sabha and chairpersonship of National Advisory Council (NAC) on office-of-profit issue as a sacrifice and said if she were so inclined to selfless service of people, she would not have staked claim to form the Government in 1999, manipulating number of MPs supporting her.

She further said that it was not true either that Sonia Gandhi declined to accept the post of Prime Minister in 2004 and it was still a mystery as to why she decided not to become the Prime Minister after meeting the President A P J Abdul Kalam.

When asked whether Shivraj Singh Chouhan should resign on the issue of office of profit as demanded by the Congress, she declined to comment saying his ‘inexperienced’ Government existed or not does not matter so much.

First Published: Mar 25, 2006 14:00 IST