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Delay in asking for CBI probe in Vyapam scam has dented CM's image

Though it’s yet to be seen how the high court takes its stand on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s request for a CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam he announced on Tuesday, the damage has already been done to his image given his delayed decision on the inquiry, feel many in the ruling party.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2015 07:58 IST
Ranjan Srivastava
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Though it’s yet to be seen how the high court reacts to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s request on Tuesday for a CBI inquiry into Vyapam scam, but many in the ruling party feel that the damage to his image has already been done given his delayed decision on the inquiry.

"Chouhan had lost no time in recommending a CBI inquiry into Shehla Masood murder case responding positively to the demand of Masood’s family. This was despite the fact that a ruling party MLA and a ruling party MP were considered much close to Masood and a CBI inquiry was supposed to cause embarrassment to the entire party in the course of investigation," said a senior party leader.



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However, the CM ignored all the pleas made by the Opposition, social activists and whistle blowers for a CBI inquiry into the Vyapam scam. The CM’s defiant stand continued even in the state assembly. Several sessions were cut short due to the Opposition’s constant demands for a CBI inquiry into the scam and its pandemonium in the assembly in the past two years, he added.

The senior leader’s view is corroborated by the fact that the budget session this year saw an unprecedented scene when the ruling party MLAs themselves created ruckus in the assembly against the Opposition and forced adjournment of the session sine die.

Only two days back on Saturday during a press conference hurriedly called to present the state government’s side on Aaj Tak journalist Akshay Singh, CM’s non-flexible, rather rigid, stand on no-CBI inquiry only reiterated his stand. Facing a volley of questions CM said he couldn't institute the CBI inquiry.

Another leader from the ruling party said to the best of his knowledge that CM hesitated to order the CBI inquiry as the former RSS chief KS Sudarshan’s and another powerful RSS leader Suresh Soni’s names had cropped up during investigation. Any CBI inquiry during the Congress regime would have created unnecessary embarrassment for the parental organisation of the ruling party.

However, unfortunately its fallout was the message that went out that by not ordering CBI inquiry the CM wanted to shield his wife and himself, said the leader.

State BJP media in-charge Dr Hitesh Bajpai said STF was doing a fine job but due to media’s pressure and media driven public opinion the CM had to take an emotional decision.

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