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Sunday , May 28 , 2000
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BJP should oppose Digvijay stand -- Cong


AHMEDABAD, MAY 27: Congress leader Amarsinh Chaudhary has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being hand-in-glove with Chief Minister Digvijay Singh in his anti-Narmada tirade.

Chaudhary questioned the truth about Union Minister Sunderlal Patwa's claim of never opposing the Narmada Project. As a responsible Opposition in Madhya Pradesh, the BJP should oppose Digvijay Singh's anti-Narmada stance, he said. The BJP unit in MP should also show solidarity with the reasonable demands of its counterpart in Gujarat to strengthen it, he added.

According to him, it is the duty of the BJP in MP to oppose the stance of the State Government if it went against the ruling of the Narmada Water Dispute Tribunal or for any other issues. He said Patwa should announce publicly that the MP chief minister's demand of reducing dam height was unjustified and against the ruling of the Tribunal.

``If Patwa does this, I assure him that we (the Congressmen) will go to Madhya Pradesh to convince Digvijay Singh'', he said.

He also said Gujarat BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana should stop spreading falsehoods about the Narmada project as it was damaging the cause. ``While Patwa is openly supporting the project, Digvijay Singh has exposed the anti-Narmada stand of his party in the presence of Congress leaders in Gujarat,'' Rana said.

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