The Congress on Tuesday listed out 156 alleged scams and irregularities that took place in Madhya Pradesh during the 13 years that the BJP has been in power in the state.
Addressing a press conference at the assembly premises, Congress state president Arun Yadav and acting leader of opposition Bala Bachchan said the party had compiled the list from media reports and state assembly records.
“When you will go through the list, you will realize the extent of corruption and misgovernance in the state”, Yadav said.
The Congress chief brought up the recent declaration by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that seven lakh people would be trained at the beneficiary convention in Bhopal on December 4. “If seven lakh beneficiaries could have been trained in two hours, it would have been a world record. Also, if it was an official function, why there were BJP flags at the venue?” he said.
Bachchan said 90% of the report on alleged irregularities during this year’s Simhastha has been submitted to Speaker Sitasaran Sharma.
“We are also sending the report to President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and all the shankaracharyas. Congress has also decided to file a petition in the high court on the irregularities during the Simhastha fair,” he said.
Meanwhile, the BJP dismissed the accusations as indulgences of “character assassination”. State government spokesperson and parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra said the charges were baseless and scandalous. He also said the people had given a befitting reply to the Congress’ “negative politics” after they lost the general elections in the state as well as subsequent by-polls.