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Don't listen to Digvijay Singh, Uma tells Rahul

By Sharat Pradhan
December 18, 2010 13:55 IST
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Janshakti Party chief Uma Bharti has advised Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi against following the guidance of senior party leader Digvijay Singh, warning that the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister's advice could land him in a real soup.

Bharti was reacting to the observations made by Gandhi about 'saffron terror' during his conversation with United States Ambassador Timothy Roemer, which was exposed by WikiLeaks on Friday.

"It appears that Rahul's own intellectual bankruptcy had led him to seek advice from his party leader Digvijay Singh. That is the reason he (Rahul) was putting his foot in the mouth," said Bharti, who made a brief stop-over in Lucknow en route to Ayodhya.

"It is high time Rahul realised that he must stop taking notes from his guru Digvijay Singh or he would continue to face more embarrassments," she said. 

Taking a jibe at the Congress leader, Bharti said, "I would like to assure Rahul that I could be a better guru to him than Digvijay Singh".

The firebrand leader took on the Congress by claiming that cases of terrorism had increased during the regime of the government led by the party.

When her attention was drawn to Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Lal Krishna Advani's blog, in which he had hinted at projecting her as the BJP nominee for the chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh in the assembly elections, Bharti said, "Well, that is too far-fetched. I was keen on retaining my own party's independent entity, which could be a part of the National Democratic Alliance."

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