Congress leader Digvijay Singh has said he committed a "mistake" by allotting land to self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is facing rape charges, during his tenure as chief minister and demanded that BJP government cancel the lease - the case is being heard in Rajasthan High Court with the accused in Jodhpur Central Jail.
"Allotment of land to Asaram Bapu was a mistake and I regret it," Digvijay Singh, who has been accusing BJP leaders of "protecting" the controversial self-style godman, said.
He was addressing a farmers' meeting organised by the Congress at Susner in Shajapur district yesterday.
Singh, who was chief minister of Madhya Pradesh from 1993 to 2003, had allotted land to Asaram Bapu for developing his ashram in Indore.
He demanded that the BJP government should cancel the land lease agreement.
Earlier, Digvijay Singh had said in Indore that in 1998, all political parties had recommended that land be allotted to Asaram Bapu since none of them were aware of his character and what he would do in future.
The 72-year-old godman is presently in judicial custody after being arrested for alleged sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl at his ashram.
The senior Congress leader also targeted yoga guru yoga guru Ramdev accusing him of acquiring wealth amounting to Rs 1,100 crores and sought to know how he had accumulated so much of assets.
He also alleged that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was taking out his Janashirwad Yatra from the money allotted for the central welfare schemes. PTI COR MAS GK RT 09151546