BJP welcomes SC dismissing plea against MP CM

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Bhopal, Nov 2 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party's Madhya Pradesh unit today welcomed the Supreme Court's dismissing a Congress plea urging a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into corruption allegations against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna.

''The Congress has been exposed. Mr Chouhan is advancing with the sole agenda of development and the Congress does not appreciate his increasing popularity,'' state BJP spokesman Umashankar Gupta told reporters here.

He 'advised' the Congress to steer clear of tactics to garner cheap popularity and instead play the role of a constructive main opposition.

Regarding 15 state ministers being served Income-Tax notices, Mr Gupta said, ''the Department has the right to question but political vendetta lay behind a complaint by (Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly) Ms Jamuna Devi.'' Alleging that several ministers were served such notices during Congress tenure, he claimed that even Ms Devi was served a notice for not submitting her return from here and added that the Congress should focus on public problems.

Regarding Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani issuing a breach of privilege notice against Lokayukt Ripusudan Dayal and an alleged secret meeting between Mr Chouhan and Justice Dayal at New Delhi, Mr Gupta said that he had not had any discussion with the Chief Minister in that context.

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