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Digvijay Singh's brother quits Congress

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, FEB. 22. Lakshman Singh, brother of the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh, today resigned from the Congress. Mr. Lakshman Singh represented Rajgarh in the dissolved Lok Sabha.

Announcing his decision, Mr. Lakshman Singh, accused the Congress of "deviating'' from its stand. He said the party was taking support from an organisation that was alleged to have links with a group accused to have been behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. The obvious reference was to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu with which the Congress had formed an alliance.

His resignation came even as the senior Congress leader, Pranab Mukherjee, had ruled out taking any action against the former Congress MP in the wake of reports that he was likely to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Mr. Mukherjee said his attempts to establish contact with Mr. Lakshman Singh could not materialise since he did not respond.

Party sources said here that the central leadership had decided to expel Mr. Lakshman Singh on Friday night, after taking into confidence his brother and senior leader, Mr. Digvijay Singh. But the leadership decided to keep the decision in abeyance and make another attempt to retain him. It then deputed Kamal Nath and Priyaranjan Dasmunshi to talk to Mr. Lakshman Singh; the efforts, however, proved futile.

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