Opposition attack may force MP governor to resign

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 18, 2015 18:32 IST

Governor Ramnaresh Yadav's continuation on the post is increasingly becoming untenable following the appearance of his son's name in the STF supplementary charge sheet on PEB scam.

Yadav's son Shailesh has not only figured in the charge-sheet but in a subsequent interview to HT, SIT (which is monitoring the investigation into multiple PEB scams) chairman Justice Chandresh Bhushan had categorically indicated that Shailesh would soon be arrested in connection with the scam.

Governor Ramnaresh Yadav is reportedly out of station and is refusing to talk to the media.

Meanwhile, a day before the budget session of the House begins, the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) announced that it would boycott the governor's address, thereby giving a further blow to Yadav's position as constitutional head of the state.

After Narendra Modi-led NDA came to power at the Centre, Yadav was one of the few UPA appointed governors in the country, who were spared sacking or 'ill-treatment' mainly due to solid backing of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with whom the veteran Congress leader enjoyed a good rapport, much to the chagrin of Congress leaders who accuse Yadav of being a BJP government's 'puppet'.

Governor's private assistant Dhanraj Yadav and CM's private assistant Prem Chand Prasad were both found involved in PEB scam after the STF investigation into scam began.

Yadav and Prasad were both given long rope by the STF before it arrested Yadav, who had returned to home state Uttar Pradesh by then, but Prasad managed to secure an anticipatory bail.

There were rounds of speculations on Yadav's replacement after Narendra Modi stormed to power at the Centre but he has belied all speculations till now.

But with the chief minister under attack over PEB scam as never before, he would, perhaps, decide to dump Yadav.

Following Congress party's press conference on Monday, when Chouhan was asked about alleged involvement of governor's son in PEB scam and whether governor should resign from the post in the light of charges against his son, chief minister refused to react.

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