Free Press Journal

Bhopal: Issues are raised in elections to influence people, says Uma Bharati


BHOPAL: Union minister Uma Bharati appeared in a local court in connection with a defamation case filed by former chief minister Digvijay Singh against her. The court granted bail to her.

Uma told the court that she could not appear earlier as she was asked by the Supreme Court to submit the government’s reply on Cauvery water dispute. Earlier, the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) had issued warrant against Uma following her non-appearance.

 The execution of the warrant was stayed by a sessions court. On Monday, Uma got the warrant cancelled and took bail. She was given bail on a surety of Rs 2 lakh.

Uma, after getting bail, told journalists that the charge-sheet on the basis of which the defamation case was filed against her by Digvijay, was prepared by other leaders including Kaptan Singh Solanki and Kailash Joshi.

She said when elections are held, issues are raised to influence public opinion. She said people voted for her on these issues. Uma said she initiated probe into the charges later but she did not know what happened subsequent to her stepping down from the post of chief minister. She said Digvijay Singh did injustice to her.

Uma said she considers Digvijay Singh as her elder brother and she would be happy if he withdraws his case but she would not seek an apology. Uma said she respects the court and she would submit all facts before it. “I cannot compromise on the issues of respect to the Tricolour, corruption and moral values”, added Uma.

Uniform civil code should be enforced

Uma Bharati said she is in favour of Uniform civil code. She said minorities are living in the country with respect and dignity. Uma said people criticising the move should first out how the Muslims in countries which have common civil code are living.