Cong slams MP govt role in Vidisha co-op bank poll
The Congress accused the BJP government in MP of playing a proactive role in ensuring Shyam Sunder Sharma's election as chairman of District Cooperative Bank, Vidisha.Updated: Oct 31, 2014 19:35 IST
The Congress on Thursday accused the BJP government in the state of playing a proactive role in ensuring Shyam Sunder Sharma's election as chairman of District Cooperative Bank, Vidisha.
Shyam Sunder's "installation" to the post, the opposition party alleged, was part of a bigger deal to shield some high-profile persons from implication in the Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam.
Shyam Sunder is a close relative of mining baron Sudhir Sharma and is said to be close to former minister Laxmikant Sharma, both of whom are in jail in connection with the PEB scam. He himself is a suspect in the case and was questioned by the special task force (STF).
The controversial election had hit the headlines in local media recently as the state government and the BJP organisation both appeared to be working overtime to ensure his victory. Extraordinary interest shown by big-wigs of the BJP in a relatively inconsequential election attracted media attention.
Taking a cue from media reports and bringing in some additional information, state Congress spokesperson KK Mishra on Thursday alleged that Shyam Sunder had been rewarded because he was working as conduit between the state government and Laxmikant Sharma, persuading the latter not to name big-wigs of the party and the government involved in the scam.
The Congress leader said that if it were not so, Shyam Sunder could not have found favour with the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government so much so that all the norms were thrown to wind to ensure his victory.
Sternly reacting to the Congress leader's charge, Shyam Sunder said that just levelling charges against anyone was not enough.
"As far as Laxmikant Sharma is concerned, he was our leader and would continue to be our leader. Sudhir Sharma is my son-in-law but it does not make me a criminal. I wish to make a counter charge against Mishra that he blackmails people and against money, he can level charges against anyone. That's how he is surviving," he said.
First Published: Oct 31, 2014 18:22 IST