BJP denies any role in controversial CD case

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New Delhi, Jan 30: Condemning the BSP Government in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly trying to implicate its president Rajnath Singh in a baseless case, the BJP today said it had nothing to do with distribution of controversial CDs during the recent assembly elections in the state.

''The BJP had not prepared or circulated the CD in question,'' party spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said. When the issue reached the Election Commission, the BJP had made its stand clear and the issue was sorted out with the EC asking the party to disown and condemn the contents of the CD and it had complied with the EC's suggestions, he said.

Reacting to reports that the UP police had prepared a charge sheet against senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon and its president Rajnath Singh and had sought legal approval from the state government, Mr Prakash said when the police lodged first FIR on the issue, Mr Singh's name was not there but his name was mentioned in the second FIR. Following which the BJP president had personally visited the Hasratganj Police Station asking the SHO to arrest and prosecute him if there was any wrongdoing on his part, he added.

An official of Superintendent of Police rank at the Police Station had told Mr Singh that they had no evidence against him and hence they could not proceed against him.

However, reports from Lucknow said the Hazrat Ganj Circle Officer attempting to implicate the BJP was nothing but an act of ''conspiracy'' against the party leaders.


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