Reacting to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s letter to AICC president Sonia Gandhi, accusing the party of running a slander campaign against him and his family using the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam as a pretext, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said it showed ‘nervousness’ of the chief minister.
Talking to reporters at Bansal Hospital, where he had gone to visit an ailing relative, Singh said: “If Shivraj touches (the) feet of Sonia Gandhi and seeks forgiveness for his wrongdoings, we shall see what to do next.”
He, however, said that chief minister should take responsibility for the scam.
Accusing Chouhan of always training guns on the AICC chief and even threatening to file defamation suit at every drop of a hat, Singh said the CM was now talking to apprising her of the facts of PEB scam so that attacks on him over the issue could stop.
“How can one believe that the chief minister was not aware of the scam, which took place under his nose and his cabinet colleagues were involved,” the AICC general secretary asked.
Talking about his letter to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief on the findings of the investigative agency in a pendrive and documents submitted by a whistleblower Prashant Pandey, the Rajya Sabha MP said: “The SIT has submitted its report without verifying the facts. A thief never confesses to theft. We are claiming that excel-sheets were tampered with by Special Task Force (STF) officials and Indore police. But, the SIT is basing its opinion on a demonstration given by the STF personnel. How could STF accept that they had tampered the excel-sheets?” he asked.
Asked if he would move the court against the Special Task Force (STF) investigation again, the veteran Congress leader said he would continue his fight on the issue till the kingpin of the PEB racket was brought to book.
‘Dhankar should be boycotted’
Digvijaya Singh said Haryana agriculture minister Om Prakash Dhankar should be boycotted socially for his irresponsible statements on farmers, who was recently quoted as saying that farmers committing suicides were cowards and criminals.
“It is very unfortunate that a responsible politician, who is in power, is giving such irresponsible statement. People should boycott him socially,” Singh said.
Describing the Bharatiya Janata Party as a party of traders and businessmen, he said, “They don’t give remunerative prices for wheat, but flour becomes dearer. Paddy remains cheaper, but prices of rice soar. Cotton sells cheaper, but clothes become dearer. In this way, in the BJP regime, it’s the farmer who suffers, but those producing goods from farmers’ produce flourish.”
If CM is clean, why is he not ordering CBI inquiry: Ajay Singh
Senior Congress leader and former leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said on Wednesday that if chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was so innocent and didn’t knew how thousands of youths were being deprived of admission into professional courses and jobs in state government offices, he should have no qualms in recommending a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
Reacting to chief minister’s letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in which the former had accused the Congress of running a slander campaign against him and his family, Singh said in a scam of unprecedented scale, chief minister may not ‘feign’ ignorance of what was happening under his nose and yet if Chouhan was innocent, he should not think twice before recommending a CBI probe into the scam.