Madhya Pradesh governor Ramnaresh Yadav on Saturday put off his return to Bhopal from the national capital amid continuing speculation over his next move in the wake of an FIR registered against him in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
The Raj Bhavan public relations office said the governor was expected to return to Bhopal on Sunday. Sources, however, said he was unlikely to return soon to the state capital from New Delhi in view of the controversy over his being named in the FIR for allegedly taking Rs 4 lakh each from five candidates whom he recommended for recruitment as forest guards.
Reports have suggested that Yadav wanted to meet president Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to seek an “honourable exit”.
On Saturday, Yadav failed to get an appointment with the president despite several attempts, sources said. He continued to stay put in the Madhya Pradesh Bhavan in New Delhi.
Yadav had indicated before leaving for Delhi that he would take a decision on his future only after meeting the president.
He travelled to Delhi on Thursday evening to attend the high-profile wedding of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s grandnephew and Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav’s daughter.
He used the state’s official aircraft for the visit, prompting the opposition Congress to allege that there was “collusion” between the governor and chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The party claimed Chouhan had allowed the governor to ‘escape’.
There has been speculation about Yadav’s resignation since the FIR was lodged against him on February 24.
The multi-layered PEB scam saw candidates bribe officials, examinations being rigged by deploying imposters to write test papers and candidates being supplied forged answer sheets during the recruitment process.
The tests were conducted by the state-run board between 2012 and 2013. More than 1,800 arrests have been made so far. Yadav is by far the most high-profile person linked to the scandal.