MP: PEB scam, inflated power bills to be Congress' civic poll plank

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2014 20:02 IST

The Congress will contest upcoming municipal elections on the issues of Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam and alleged inflated power bills, All India Congress Committee secretary Sanjay Nirupam said on Thursday.

Stating that the PEB scam has ruined the careers of lakhs of youths in the state, Nirupam, who is the party's state joint in-charge, demanded that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan should recommend a CBI inquiry into the PEB scam.

"If he (the CM) is sure that he and those close to him including his kin are not involved in the scam, why is he shying away from a CBI probe?" Nirupam said. Nirupam alleged that there are many BJP and RSS leaders who are neck-deep in the scam.

During his visits to rural Madhya Pradesh, Nirupam said he found women suddenly getting up in the midst of an election meeting and saying that they got bills of Rs 11,000 though they had no electricity appliance in the house, except for a bulb. "Power companies along with the government are hurting consumers badly, and there is a severe discontent among people," he said.

Cong set to finalise candidates' names

Congress is all set to finalise the tickets for the upcoming civic bodies' polls in the state. The Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Arun Yadav on Thursday said that the decision on tickets would start within the next 2-3 days.

"Central observers would sit with the state observers who have already visited the areas that were assigned to them, and after consultation, the names of candidates will be announced," said Yadav. "At some places, the panel has just one member on whose name everyone has agreed," he added.

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