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"The Congress is the worst sufferer in Uttar Pradesh due to defection. Hence, it is not proper to say that (the proposed amendments were aimed at benefiting the NDA Government)," Mr. Vajpayee told reporters here before leaving for Delhi.
He was replying to a question on the Congress' allegation that the BJP was bringing in the amendment for its own benefit in the backdrop of the defection by 13 BJP MLAs to the Congress in Chhattisgarh.
On allegations of the misuse of POTA, Mr. Vajpayee said the Centre would look into them.
Asked about the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Ajit Jogi's allegation of the "misuse" of the Intelligence Bureau by the Centre against political opponents and the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe it, Mr. Vajpayee said "I am not going to reply to that question."
On Mr. Jogi's demand for conferring special status on his State, he said there was no such proposal right now. To a question on whether he would contest the next elections, the Prime Minister said he would go by the public wishes and opinion. Intervening, the BJP national general secretary, Rajnath Singh, said Mr. Vajpayee would definitely contest the elections. PTI
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