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Digvijay counters ‘misled’ PM

Bhopal, Oct. 20: Digvijay Singh has responded to Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s attack on his government by saying the Prime Minister had been “misled” by the BJP’s “false propaganda”.

Vajpayee had kicked off the BJP’s election campaign in the state yesterday by asking people to vote on development. He attacked the Digvijay government for poor roads, shortage of power and a low human development index, saying: “There should be complete focus on development-related issues…”

The chief minister today came up with a point-by-point rebuttal of the Prime Minister’s statement. He said: “I am both disappointed and hurt by your (Vajpayee’s) criticism. You have been praising my government’s performance both inside and outside Parliament. You have been perhaps misled by false propaganda unleashed by state BJP leaders.” Digvijay objected to Vajpayee’s call to vote the BJP into power in the December elections as it would help the state co-ordinate better with the Centre.

“I have been always saying that I have received full cooperation and affection from your government. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha on March 13, 2001, you had showered lavish praise on my government, saying my initiative on power reforms was commendable,” Digvijay reminded the Prime Minister. He said many Union ministries and central agencies had applauded his government’s work.

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