Congress leaders protest against MP government's 'inaction', court arrest
Congress leaders took out a march to the chief minister's house on Saturday to protest against the alleged inaction of the government in transport recruitment examination scam. However, they were stopped midway.bhopal Updated: Nov 01, 2014 22:03 IST
Congress leaders took out a march to the chief minister's house on Saturday to protest against the alleged inaction of the government in transport recruitment examination scam. However, they were stopped midway.
The party workers courted arrest, though they were released later. According to earlier announcement, leader of opposition Satyadev Katare sat on "dharna" on Saturday morning. State Congress chief Arun Yadav and several party MLAs and leaders were present on the spot.
The administration hadn't given them permission to sit in front of the CM house, hence, the Congress leaders' dharna was staged nearly 1km away at Roshanpura.
Their main demand was CBI inquiry into the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam apart from handing over documents pertaining to transport constable recruitment scam.
Katare said the MP government had earlier claimed that there was no irregularity in transport recruitment, but later they had to register a case.
"In the Assembly, we requested the CM to put copies of marksheets of the candidates. Much later, the copies of Class 12 marksheets were put up on transport website, but not the Class 10 marksheet which has the date of birth and can show if the candidate was overage or underage apart from his domicile status."
Katare said that while in all other examination scams, not just the accused but their kin were arrested and jailed, which included an IPS officer and state police service officers, in transport exam scam, the accused were simply attached to transport department headquarters, and were not arrested at all.
"Why this preferential treatment in this case?" he asked. The leader of opposition cited many examples about how government was not taking action in the scam.
Later, around 3pm, the Congress workers began the march, raising slogans, but were stopped on the Roshanpura square itself. There was a brief face-off between workers, especially women activists and police. The Congress leaders and workers then courted arrest, but were later released.
Katare challenges CM for public debate on scam
The leader of opposition said if the chief minister was confident that his government was transparent, then he should accept my offer for a debate in public over the recruitment scam.
"We will talk on facts and if I fail to prove that he is responsible, I will immediately resign from my post as leader of opposition and if he is proven wrong, he should resign," he said.
Katare said the CM doesn't reply to his letters on PEB scam and other issues, and even in the Assembly, there is no proper reply. "We have no other option but to resort to agitations and will intensify them further," he added.