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Give proof: Vishnoi to Speaker

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 15:33 IST

HEALTH MINISTER Ajay Vishnoi has sought proof on irregularities and corruption in DMAT-2006 from Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, reminding him of the allegations he had levelled in the Assembly on November 1. The Minister has also disclosed that he had, in a letter to the Chief Minister, offered to resign after the Speaker’s allegations.

“If you don’t have any proof, clarify. For, in the absence of proof, the government is unable to take concrete action,” Vishnoi said in a letter to the Speaker on Sunday.

The three-page letter has been written against the backdrop of the Speaker’s assertion in the House that he had proof of hanky-panky in admission to private dental and medical colleges. The Speaker had also directed the CM to have reports of backdoor admissions to colleges through hefty donations investigated.

Referring to the Speaker’s ruling, Vishnoi said, “I was surprised by your behaviour. Also, ministers, MLAs, journalists and officers, all described your behaviour as being against parliamentary decorum. Former CM Digvijay Singh disapproved of your conduct in your cabin, as well as before the electronic media.”

The Minister said he had offered to resign from the Cabinet in a letter to the CM, requesting him to seek proof of corruption in DMAT-2006. “I was upset by your behaviour,” he wrote.

Jalam Singh Patel (suspended BJP MLA) again raised the issue on November 8 through a question. The debate lasted for 25 minutes. Vishnoi recalled that he had again sought proof so that it could be investigated.

“Replying to my offer, you had said when the Minister admitted having received nine complaints where is the need for giving proof separately?” Vishnoi recalled that he had then asserted that there was a difference between complaint and proof.

“Sir, I regret to say the proof of which you had talked so vociferously in the House has not been handed over to the government so far.

The government and I are still awaiting them.  We are ready to get the entire matter investigated.” Vishnoi concluded the letter with the appeal that the Speaker ponder whether his behaviour was in conformity with parliamentary decorum. The Speaker said he had not received any such letter.