The Congress on Thursday said the Bharatiya Janata Party's announcement to burn the effigies of Congress leaders would boomerang, as the public knew who was involved in the MPPEB scam.
In an official statement, party spokesman JP Dhanopia said the BJP was resorting to such tactics because of their desperation and fear that action would be taken against the middlemen involved in the scam.
The MPPEB scam relates to the irregularities in the PEB's selection and recruitment process for various government posts.
"People know well the masterminds behind the scam, and they also know that if an effigy has to be burnt, it should be that of the scam's masterminds," Dhanopia said.
He was reacting to a recent announcement by BJP leaders that they would burn the effigies of Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh during their 'Sachche ka bolbala' campaign in the state against the Congress.
The campaign aims at sending the message that Digvijaya Singh was reportedly running a motivated campaign against the BJP government.
Dhanopia alleged that the BJP leaders and the ministers were responsible for affecting the future of lakhs of students in the state.
The candidates who had benefitted from the PEB racket were disqualified by the board last year.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan should understand that burning effigies all over the state to create tension would be a wrong decision, Dhanopia said.
"If at all the BJP goes ahead, then the Congress will also burn the effigies of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in every nook and corner of the state," he said.
The Congress leader further said if BJP leaders went ahead with their plan, then the party would give a befitting reply by exposing the BJP with the 'Jinka hai munh kala, ve kya karenge ujala' (What good a person with a tainted character do for the society?) campaign.
The Congress said from 2007 to 2012, the PEB conducted recruitment exams and admission tests in which 1.47 crore examinees appeared and they were cheated to the tune of nearly Rs 800 crore in the form of examination fees.
"It was an absolute sham. Selections were done by the racket functioning in the PEB and examinations were held just to fool the people. We will run a campaign across the state and press the government to return the money to the candidates who had appeared in these tests," said party chief spokesperson KK Mishra.