//Uma accuses Rajnath of ties with would-be assassin

Uma accuses Rajnath of ties with would-be assassin

Dipankar Chakraborty, The Statesman,

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28: In an “open letter” to Mr Rajnath Singh, the expelled BJP leader and president of Bharatiya Jana Shakti, Ms Uma Bharati, has accused him of taking part in his party’s recent assembly by-election victory celebrations in Madhya Pradesh at the residence of a person who allegedly tried to kill her.

“I have been compelled to write this letter to you because the person with whom you had taken food and at whose residence the BJP’s victory celebration took place at Khargapur under Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh on 12 November 2006 is the prime accused in the attempted murder case,” Ms Bharati said in her letter, dated 24 November 2006, in The Statesman’s possession. She also blamed the BJP president for trying to sow the seeds of crime, corruption and exploitation in the state.

Seeking to corroborate her charges against Mr Rajnath Singh, the fiery Sanyasin said her sources at the state police department on 10 November confirmed that it was indeed the same “vyakti (person)” against whom an FIR had been lodged under Section 307 in an attempted murder case. She said the BJP president also participated in a “Shahidi Mela” to commemorate the death anniversary of the elder brother of the same person. She said the BJP’s president’s presence at the function gave recognition to the person and his dead brother, beaten to death by locals nearly 25 years ago for perpetuating a reign of terror in the region. Ms Bharati said she had cautioned Mr Singh against going to Tikamgarh to take part in the victory celebrations.

Accusing the BJP president of being a party and witness to her expulsion from the BJP, Ms Bharati said transfer of power in Madhya Pradesh after she left the chief minister’s post had poured water over her “tapasya” of liberating people of the state from the clutches of fear, torture and poverty. She told Mr Singh that announcement of the formation of Bundelkhand Vikas Board at the function was unlikely to help his party win the confidence of the masses.

“Aaap ek Rambhakt Hindu hain. Mein abhi bhi aysa manti hoo ki shalinta aur vhadrata aapke swabhav ke sahaj anga hain. Isliye mera aapse nivedan hain ke aap Madhya Pradesh mein sarkar ke sangrakshan mein rajshahi, shoshan, apradh evam bhrashtachar ke beej mat panapne dijiyee (You are a devotee of Lord Ram. I still feel that decency and etiquette come naturally to you. I therefore urge you to desist from letting the seeds of exploitation, crime and corruption sprout under the patronage of your state government.)”, she said in her letter.