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"The names should be made public and the Ministers figuring in the diary should be immediately dismissed,'' the party spokesperson, Prakash Javadekar, said today.
Although yesterday the High Court refrained from ordering the handing over of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation it asked the Special Investigation Team to continue with its work the BJP said the court had not prevented the State Government from doing so. The party had been consistently demanding that the CBI handle all cases related to the scandal.
On the allegation that the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, had used State aircraft during his campaign in Chhattisgarh, the State Government had written to the Election Commission secretary saying that the two aircraft King Air B-200 VT and a helicopter "had not been used by the Chief Minister for election purpose.'' The letter said the two aircraft were "parked at the AGFC hangar, Civil Airport, Ahmedabad'' and "the allegation is false/ baseless.''
Mr. Javadekar claimed that the assumption that the Congress had often been able to return to power in elections was not based on facts. Arithmetic done by the party revealed that in the last 20 years, the Congress was able to retain power, only three times out of 24. The party was attempting to dispel the notion that in the past the anti-incumbency factor has worked more strongly against BJP governments than those led by the Congress.
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