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Uma Bharati again questions Digvijay-Gupta 'relation'

By Our Staff Correspondent

BHOPAL OCT. 30. The Bharatiya Janata Party's star campaigner in Madhya Pradesh, Uma Bharti, today took pot shots at the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh, asking him once again to explain his "special relationship'' with the Indore businessman, Subhash Gupta, whose premises were raided recently by the Income Tax authorities.

Ms. Bharti, along with the national general secretary of the BJP, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, was addressing a press conference at the State BJP headquarters here today.

Drawing the journalists' attention to the Chief Minister's summary rebuttal of the charge levelled by her at an earlier press conference that he had visited London along with Mr. Gupta some time ago, Ms. Bharti said, "Mr. Singh has categorically denied that Mr. Gupta had accompanied him on a tour to London but the question arises what is holding him from seeking a CBI probe into Mr. Gupta's unaccounted wealth''.

When Ms. Bharti was asked what is preventing the Central Revenue Intelligence from ordering a CBI probe as the Income Tax authorities have already raised doubts over some bank deposits in an NRI account and gifts sent by a Dubai based relative of the Indore businessman, the BJP leader said, "whichever way one looks at it, what is needed is a CBI probe into this matter".

Ms. Bharti repeated the charge that the Digvijay Singh Government is neck-deep in a Rs. 15000-crore scam. "Since the Chief Minister has admitted that he has a longstanding relationship with Mr. Gupta, he should make public all the entries regarding foreign visits in his as well as Mr. Gupta's passport," she added.

Ms. Bharti said that the needle of doubt is pointing at Mr. Singh because of "Mr. Gupta's unaccounted wealth, which has been acquired in recent years''.

Ms. Bharti alleged that the Digvijay Singh Government was extremely corrupt. Citing the example of the Madhya Pradesh Lokayukta, she said, it has conducted probes against several State Ministers and even recommended action against some of them.

Ms. Bharti told journalists that the list of the BJP candidates for the State Assembly election would be cleared by the party high command and announced on November 3. On being asked whether or not she would contest the Assembly election, Ms. Bharti said that she was a disciplined soldier of the party and its decision would be binding on her.

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