THE CONGRESS on Thursday urged Governor Dr Balram Jakhar to intervene to halt the process of ‘saffronisation’ of cooperative bodies by the BJP government in the State.
A 21-member Congress delegation led by former minister Ajay Singh called on the Governor in Bhopal and submitted a 10-point memorandum in this connection.
The memorandum alleged that the Shivraj Singh Government unconstitutionally removed elected office-bearers in 32 district cooperative banks and nominated BJP supporters in their place. It accused the government of unleashing a political vendetta against the Congress.
The delegation also demanded that grant of Rs 2700 crore to the State Government under the recommendation so that the Vaidyanathan Committee be withheld till free, fair and transparent cooperative elections are held.
Ajay Singh in a separate statement alleged that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had recently announced that the government would extend the BJP all possible help in capturing cooperative bodies.
Prominent among those who were part of the delegation included Prem Narayan Mishra, Vir Singh Raghuvanshi, Brij Bihari
Pateria, Shankar Pratap Singh and J P Dhanopia.