The BJP on Wednesday denied the charge that it was trying to destabilise the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, amidst the allegation that the
saffron party has taken some MLAs to a hotel in Haryana. Terming the charge as "unfortunate", Madhya Pradesh
BJP chief V D Sharma alleged that the Congress-led dispensation in the state was a "blackmail" government. His remarks came after Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Minister Jitu Patwari told PTI that some BJP leaders have allegedly taken eight MLAs from the state to a hotel in Haryana as part of a conspiracy to topple the Kamal Nath government.
"The allegations are very unfortunate. The BJP has nothing to do with it. The BJP is making no such effort," Sharma told reporters, when asked about Congress' allegation of attempts to destabilise the state government.
Sharma said this is the Congress' "internal tussle" and the answer should come from Chief Minister Kamal Nath and senior party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh.
"The BJP has nothing to do with the entire episode...this is a blackmail government. This is a ragtag government," he added.
Patwari alleged that senior BJP leaders, including former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former ministers Narottam Mishra, Bhupendra Singh and Rampal Singh among others, have forcibly taken eight MLAs to a hotel in Haryana as part of a conspiracy.
"We are trying to bring them back. Four of them have come back also but they have forcibly taken away tribal MLA Bisahulal Singh," he said. Before Patwari's allegation against the BJP, Digvijaya Singh claimed that a senior leader of the saffron party has taken a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator to Delhi in a chartered flight.
He alleged that "poaching" attempts were being made by the BJP on Congress MLAs in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP, however, dismissed the former chief minister's charge, saying his statement was aimed at ensuring his re-nomination for the Rajya Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh scheduled on March 26.
Earlier, speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Monday, Digvijaya Singh alleged his party MLAs were being offered huge amount of money by BJP leaders as part of the saffron party's "poaching" attempts to destabilise the Kamal Nath government. Hitting back, Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused the Congress veteran of making false statements and engaging in sensationalism.