Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of Science and Technology Kapil Sibal has charged the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party with working together in the current elections across Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“These parties are sending crowds to each others’ rallies… they have been in government together and even in the last trust vote they both voted together,” Mr. Sibal said at a press conference at his residence here on Wednesday.

The BSP leadership was scared since government agencies were probing the cases of disproportionate assets and the party wanted to get a government that could help tide over it, he said. Asked if that meant that the Congress was using investigation as a threat, Mr. Sibal said the party wanted the probe to be complete and let courts take a view.

No violation

According to him, there was no violation of the model code of conduct in the statement of Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora that a fuel price cut would be considered after the polls.

He said the Minister had made no promise and sought to know how the BJP demand that the government reduce the should be treated. “They made the demand during election time just to tell people that the government was not effecting a price cut.”

Taking exception to the statements of BJP leader L.K. Advani during election campaign that when the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad did not find anyone it picked up sadhvi Pragnya Thakur, Mr. Sibal said, “To make such an allegation against an investigating agency means the BJP knows she is innocent. During every election, the BJP raises issues of terror and religion to polarise votes,” he said.