On the eve of the Congress-sponsored first open forum on the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, state party chief Arun Yadav said the campaign against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would be a “fight to finish” for the party in the state.
In a press statement, Yadav said a first information report (FIR) lodged against Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh and former speaker Sriniwas Tiwari in the case of 17 alleged irregular appointments in the Madhya Pradesh assembly had only strengthened the Congress party’s resolve to take the fight against chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to its logical end.
Addressing a meeting of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) on Sunday afternoon, Yadav said in the quest for justice in the PEB scam, the Congress would pay the state government back in its own coin if it resorted to vendetta politics as seen on Saturday when a FIR was lodged against Singh and Tiwari, besides the 17 persons who were given jobs in the state assembly secretariat during Singh’s tenure.
Congress state cheif Arun Yadav further said such a vindictive action by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not deter the Congress party from exposing the names of the real kingpins of the PEB racket, who had so far eluded investigation and police action.
He said hundreds of youths were not only denied admissions to medical courses and recruitment to various departments of the state government despite merit, but those who got into these courses and jobs were also in trouble as they and their parents were being jailed for using fraudulent means to crack the exam.
The ‘dignitaries’ who extended patronage to the Professional Examination Board racket must be brought to book, he said, adding that the party’s state-wide agitation beginning on Monday at Bhopal would continue till this objective was achieved.
Arun Yadav said the open forum would be held at Iqbal Maidan in Bhopal at 6:00 pm, in which politicians, former bureaucrats, students affected by the scam and their parents would participate and discuss the issue. Veteran Samajwadi leader Raghu Thakur, former bureaucrat MN Buch, former director general of police Subhash Chandra Tripathi, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Badal Saroj, advocate Anand Prajash and activists Shivkumar Sharma and Abdul Jabbar are among the prominent persons who will also participate in the open forum.