MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday refused to quit over his alleged involvement in the recruitment scam even as opposition Congress sharpened knives to attack the ruling BJP in the budget session of assembly starting Wednesday.
The Congress said the party will boycott the customary House address of governor Ramnaresh Yadav whose son’s name figures in a supplementary charge sheet filed in the high-profile Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Congress legislature party, said Satyadev Katare, leader of the opposition in the state assembly. Congress leaders also revealed that the party will keep up the pressure on the government on the issue.
Investigators probing the PEB scam have discovered multiple rackets that helped candidates rig the examinations for money, including employing imposters to write test papers, manipulating sitting arrangements as well as supplying forged answer sheets.
The Congress went into battle mode on Monday when former chief minister Digvijaya Singh accused Chouhan of being involved in the scandal and claimed that the evidence was tampered. The party also demanded that he must quit to ensure a fair probe into “Asia’s biggest scam”.
A belligerent Chouhan, however, said that the “truth will speak for itself” very soon.
“The truth will speak for itself and everything will become crystal clear. Dudh ka dudh aur paani ka paani ho jayega,” Chouhan said on Tuesday. He also said that he would consult legal experts.
Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh, former union ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, during a press conference in Bhopal on Monday said the hard disk found with key accused Nitin Mahindra, a former PEB staffer, was tampered with by STF sleuths to help the CM. They said that in 131 entries, the entry ‘CM’ appeared 48 times which were removed by STF sleuths. Uma Bharti’s name was inserted 7 times, while the entry ‘minister’ was inserted 21 times and at many places ‘CM’ was deleted and left blank.
Chouhan and Bharti are seen as rivals in the state’s politics.
Bharti had become the chief minister after leading the party to a spectacular win in the 2003 assembly polls. However, she had to resign following an arrest warrant issued against her by a Karnataka court. She was replaced by Chouhan.
Bharti, however, refused to comment on the Congress' allegation but said she had always suggested a CBI inquiry in the matter.