BJP challenges Digvijay to send legal notice

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Bhopal, Nov 15 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party today challenged Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh to serve legal notice to its vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu over his comments on terrorists and said the party would give a befitting reply.

BJP general secretary in charge of Madhya Pradesh Ananth Kumar made this remark today while referring to Mr Singh' comment at a press conference here yesterday that he would sue Mr Naidu for accusing him of having links with the ISI.

''Let his (Mr Singh) legal advisers serve the legal notice and we (BJP) will give a befitting reply,'' he told reportres here.

Clarifying Mr Naidu's remarks at a press conference at Raipur few days ago, Mr Kumar said Mr Naidu had alleged that the ''Congress and its general secretary Digvijay Singh were soft towards terrorists while taking an aggresive stand against nationalist organisations like the RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal''.

He also clarified that Mr Naidu did not mention about any terrorist links though he was not giving clean chit to anybody.

Mr Kumar alleged that the Congerss-led UPA government was fostering terrorism and inflation. To support his charge, Mr Kumar said POTA was abolished more than four years ago, Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was not hanged, affidavit to nail down SIMI was not filed and the anti-terrorist bills submitted by Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were not given the Centre's approval.

''Whenever the Congress found itself weak, it raked up allegations against the RSS, the VHP, the Bajrang Dal and other nationalist organisations,'' Mr Kumar added.

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