If I disclose the work Governor recommended to me, it will create a political storm, warns Minister
GOVERNOR Balram Jakhar’s directive to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take up the multi-crore social security pension scam before the Cabinet has snowballed into a face-off between him and PWD Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya.
An angry Vijayvarigya on Tuesday warned that if he disclosed the nature of works Jakhar recommended to him, this would create a major political storm.
“ But,” he added, “I would not like to do that as I hold the Governor’s office in high esteem,” the Minister told the Hindustan Times.
Nevertheless, the Minister accused the Governor of playing politics in the name of Indore’s social security pension issue. The issue dates back to the period (1998-2004) when Vijayvargiya was Indore mayor. During his tenure, the Mayor-in-Council was alleged to have distributed social security pension to ineligible persons through cooperative banks in violation of the prescribed norms. The issue was later probed by the Indore Commissioner AK Das and subsequently taken up by special court in Indore.
“The Governor directed the Chief Minister to take up the social security pension issue in the Cabinet on December 1, barely three days ahead of the voting for Pandhana by-election of which I was in charge. Doesn’t the timing indicate that the Governor wanted to play politics just prior to the election? a visibly annoyed Vijayargiya asked.
The Minister said he would not like to discuss the pension issue as the matter is sub-judice but would definitely like to point out that it is deliberately dragged in public whenever there is talk of Cabinet reshuffle.
Charging the Governor with using “indecent language”, the PWD Minister said he would complain to the President if he (Jakhar) did not stop all this. He also accused a section of media of projecting the Governor as a ‘hero’.
“He (the Governor ) used indecent language against the Chief Minister, vice chancellors and several other distinguished persons,” Vijayvargiya said, citing Jakhar’s much-publicised statement about ‘shooting’ Shivraj in Bhopal and calling V-Cs ‘Jamuras’ earlier in Indore. The Governor, however, has denied having said so, adding that media misquoted his both the statements.
Vijayvargiya was in New Delhi on Monday where he reportedly told the media that if the Governor did not stop transgressing the line of dignity he would have no option but to complain to the President. He even appealed the Governor not to transgress the ‘line of dignity’.
Attempts to contact the Governor for his version on Vijayvargiya’s allegations bore no fruits. The Raj Bhawan officials refused to comment on the issue.
However, the sources pointed out that the Governor’s directive on the social security pension issue was in pursuance to the order of the Special Court in Indore and did not mention Kailash Vijayvargiya’s name.
The directive was a part of correspondence going on for quite some time, the sources added. Two days ago, the Governor had told media persons that the Chief Minister had promised him that the guilty (in the social security scam) would be punished.
He made this statement in response to a specific question from the newsmen whether the Government was shielding Vijayvargiya. The interaction took place after a seminar organised by the MP Human Rights Commission.