How to write a bestseller? It is a question which, perhaps, bugs any first-time writer. But Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has just got tips for his proposed book on the all-consuming Vyapam scam. And the words of advice have come from none other than Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, one of Chouhan’s harshest critics over the exam-rigging scandal.
Chouhan recently disclosed plans to write a book on the Vyapam scam, which has emerged as the BJP leader’s toughest political challenge in recent times.
Digvijaya has responded through an open letter posted on his Facebook page, writing from the point of view of a student implicated in the scam and languishing in jail.
“You have called yourself a whistleblower of this case. May be you don't know the meaning of this word but all the same please let us know how you are whistleblower? When you received complaints in 2009-10-11, why no action was taken?” said Digvijaya, known for his acerbic comments.
Singh also asked why Chouhan kept a small department like the medical education with himself. The scam relates to rigging of exams for admission to medical courses in the state.
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Singh, a former chief minister of the state, also said that the chief minister should explain why his government opposed the PILs filed in the high court to hand over the investigation into the scam to the CBI.
The CBI took over the probe recently after Chouhan had to cave in to increasing demands and move a petition in the Supreme Court seeking investigation by the central agency.
“Lawyers like Udailalit Nageshwar Rao were brought from Delhi, spending crores to ensure that the investigation doesn’t go to CBI. This money should have been spent for our midday meal scheme, our education. When your objective was to bring out the truth of the scam, it should not have made any difference to you whether the investigation is carried out by the CBI or STF,” Digvijaya wrote.
He further asked, what was the necessity of making the “handicapped” special task force (STF) “walk with crutches” and why an agency meant for carrying out special operations became an investigating agency overnight.
Singh goes on to question several decisions related to the scam which allegedly pointed to the government’s efforts to hush up the scandal.
The Congress has accused Chouhan of being directly involved in the racket, a charge he has denied.