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Raman Singh criticises ex-BJP leader Karuna Shukla

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Chief Minster today took a potshot at former leader and nominee Karuna Shukla for quitting the party over denial of ticket to contest elections.

Shukla, the niece of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had quit the alleging that the party was under grip of power politics. She is contesting from Bilaspur on ticket.

"We are not the kind of people who quit party after not getting ticket for a time even after being in the party for 30 years on respected positions, as MLAs and as MPs," Singh said while addressing a party rally in Bilaspur for BJP's contestant Lakhanlal Sahu.

"Our party is our identity...It is like our mother," the chief minister said.

Sahu today filed his nomination papers.

Bilaspur is going to polls on April 24 during the third phase.

Singh said Sahu would defeat Shukla as "Bilaspur is our bastion and nobody can stop us to emerge as a winner here".

Bilaspur seat was lying vacant since the death of BJP's sitting MP last year.

On the occasion, two leaders Govindram Miri and Madan Singh Dahariya crossed over to

The duo attacked Shukla for being a "opportunist" leader.

"We have become associated with BJP due to its development-oriented policies but Karuna (Shukla) left her family and tradition to join Congress only for an ticket", Miri said.

Shukla (63) had ended her 32-year-long association with BJP ahead of Assembly polls in the state last year.

First Published: Fri, April 04 2014. 21:19 IST