PEB scam: Cong to continue offensive against MP govt, says Katare

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 17:16 IST

Wednesday was one of those rare days when Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav was present in Opposition leader Satyadev Katare's chamber at the state assembly to co-ordinate efforts of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) with the party organisation to mobilise public opinion against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government over Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.

Talking to HT after Congress boycotted the governor's address in an unprecedented move in MP's legislative history, Katare said his party was not for disrupting House proceedings but they would maintain offensive against the Chouhan government during the entire session.

"We boycotted the governor's address because the shadow of PEB scam has reached Raj Bhavan as well and in this situation, propriety demands that the governor resigned on his own. But, today's protest is not the end, we shall continue our offensive till the CM resigns."

Yadav said he came to the assembly to ensure that CLP and party organisation on the ground acted in cohesion. "We shall hit the ground over the PEB scam," he said.

The Youth Congress gheraoed the assembly today. State government employees are on strike seeking assurance from the BJP government that their dignity won't be compromised.

It's because they are assaulted, insulted by the BJP cadres for just about anything. We did boycott the governor's address but he is only a small fry in the scam. We want kingpin of the racket, who is the chief minister and his family, to resign," he said.

He dared the chief minister to take Digvijaya Singh to court as he had done with party spokesperson KK Mishra or else accept the guilt and resign.

The state government had filed a defamation suit against Mishra when he had accused the CM's wife of recommending 19 candidates for recruitment of transport constables from her hometown Gondiya in Maharashtra.

Singh has now accused the STF to have changed the original excel sheet recovered from PEB system analyst Nitin Mahindra and produced an excel sheet, which he claimed to be the original one.

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