Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Thursday accused the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh of “harassing” governor Ramnaresh Yadav to turn the spotlight away from chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s alleged complicity in the PEB scam.
The AICC general secretary also saw a “conspiracy” of the government in the death of the governor’s son Shailesh Yadav, an accused in the examination and recruitment scam.
Yadav, 50, passed away in mysterious circumstances on Wednesday at his home in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, weeks after he was named in a police complaint in the multi-layered scam.
The 86-year-old governor was also named in an FIR in the same scam, accused of allegedly accepting bribes from five people for recruitment as forest guards.
Singh, a two-time chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, said that Chouhan’s name is directly linked to the scam but the case was linked to the governor to implicate him.
The Congress leader has been in the forefront of the opposition party’s renewed attack on the government over the scam and has produced documents and a pen drive which he claims are proof of Chouhan’s links to the scam.
“All the evidence has been presented to the Prime Minister,” he said.
Asked about a case registered against him recently, Singh said that he was booked in a two-decade-old case related to recruitments to the assembly secretariat.
“Even otherwise, the state government doesn’t conduct recruitments for the Vidhan Sabha. Still, if I have committed any wrongdoing, I am ready to face the consequences,” he said.
Singh also condemned the MP government’s decision to hand over schools to private groups and said that if the BJP government had its way, it would even hand over the Vallabh Bhawan (secretariat) to a private party.