Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday said he was approached by a “well-wisher” of the Madhya Pradesh government, ostensibly to go slow on his tirade against the BJP government over the PEB scam.
Singh’s fresh salvo came on a day of high drama after he was barred from addressing a press conference in the assembly premises on the ground that he was an “outsider”.
Singh is in the forefront of the opposition Congress’ renewed battle against the government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who, the party claims, is involved in the highly-publicised examination and recruitment scam in the state professional examination board (PEB).
Without naming Chouhan, the Congress general secretary said that a person who claimed to be a “hitaishi” (well-wisher) of the government had approached him for a “talk” on the MPPEB scam.
Singh said he refused to oblige the person. He also refused to identify the person.
“I asked the person, should I also get involved in theft and dacoity?” Singh told media persons outside the assembly premises.
The PEB scam involved alleged manipulation in examination to different courses and recruitment of candidates for government jobs. Hundreds of people including political leaders and government employees are behind bars for their alleged involvement in the scam. Governor Ram Naresh Yadav is also named in an FIR filed by the special task force (STF) probing the scam.
Singh also questioned the decision not to allow him to address a press conference at the assembly press room.
“How can they describe a five-time assembly member, two-term chief minister as an outsider. This way they cannot silence the voice of Digvijaya Singh,” the Congress leader said.
Singh was the chief minister of the state from 1993 to 2003 but contested the assembly elections last in 2003.
On Monday, Singh and another Congress leader Kapil Sibal had addressed separate press conferences in Delhi and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of shielding Chouhan in the scam.
The party has been demanding lodging of an FIR against the chief minister alleging that evidence in scam was tampered with by Indore police when the scam had surfaced.
The chief minister later mocked Singh saying he has now brought a “pen drive” as evidence in the scam.
“He first levels charges, then gives its evidence, after that he probes it himself and announces the decision on his own,” Chouhan said.
(With PTI inputs)