Controversial Madhya Pradesh minister Kailash Vijayvargiya on Sunday triggered a fresh row, saying senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, must have cheated at examinations.
"This is the reason that despite being an engineer, he had said the Narmada-Kshipra river link project will be a failure," said Vijayvargiya, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the state urban administration and development minister.
"But chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made it (the project) possible despite being a non-technical person," Vijayvargiya, who is no stranger to controversy, added.
Vijayvargiya and Chouhan paid a visit to Indore district's Ujjaini village on Sunday to review the progress of the project.
Singh, a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, had questioned the viability of the plan. Referring to his tenure as the CM, Singh, the AICC general secretary, had said around six months ago, "We had undertaken a technical test and it (the project) was not found to be feasible."
Chouhan, however, was more careful in his reply. He said even though the Congress party had termed the Narmada-Kshipra river link project impractical, the BJP government in the state had made it possible. "Even officials had doubts about it. But we went ahead."
From calling Manmohan Sigh a weak leader to making sexist remarks, Vijayvargiya's name has featured in many controversies.
Commenting on sexual harassment cases, he had said last year that whenever people crossed their limitations, deterioration was bound to happen.
In July 2012, he had said that women should not dress up in a way that provoked men.
When the National Women's Commission members had gone to Guwahati to probe the molestation of a girl by a gang of men on July 9, 2012, he had said of the women rights activists — "as if they were out on a fashion parade".