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Published On:13 November 2011
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Digvijay Singh predicts BJP’s 3rd wicket fall in shape of Madhya Pradesh CM

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Speaking in cricket parlance All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijay Singh has predicted that the third wicket of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the shape of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh would fall when he would be asked by the BJP High Command to quit on the issue of corruption.

Digvijay Singh, who is also a former chief minister of the state, said that after the unseating of BJP chief ministers of Karnataka and Uttarkhand states on corruption charges, Madhya Pradesh also ruled by BJP would witness a change in political leadership soon.

Against the backdrop of a court giving ‘clean chit’ to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the “Dumper scam” following a Lokayukta (Vigilance Commisioner) report, Singh said his party had lost faith in State Lokayukta, P.P. Navlekar. Digvijay Singh was addressing a Press conference here on Wednesday at the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) headquarters after the party’s state executive body meeting. The MPCC president Kantilal Bhuria and Congress Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh were present amongst others on the occasion. However, Union Transport Minister Kamalnath, another Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who hail from Madhya Pradesh, along with national Congress secretary Arun Yadav and former state MPCC president Suresh Pachauri were conspicuous by their absence.

Singh said when Navlekar was appointed the Lokayukta he was probing the Dumper case in which Chouhan was allegedly involved and hence the appointment made by a person against whom a probe is being conducted, is unconstitutional. He claimed that the former Congress leader of the Opposition late Mrs. Jamuna Devi gave her consent for appointment when she was hospitalised in the ICU of a hospital that is why he suspects the authenticity of signature of Mrs. Jamuna Devi.

He said Lokayukta Navlekar had subsequently acquitted the Chief Minister Chouhan in the “Dumper scam”. The Lokayukta by giving clean chit to the Chief Minister has proved that he is not impartial, he added.

He said the Lokayukta did not see from where the money for the dumpers came from. Even the land which has been shown as sold for raising the money has not been registered yet and the control over the land is still with the Chief Minister. He said Congress would continue to fight and prove corruption in the “dumper scam”. He said that it is surprising that the company that was hiring the dumper was also ready to give guarantee for the loan. He said wrong affidavit was furnished in purchasing the dumpers which was registered on the address of Rewa. This is crime under Motor Vehicle Act.

Singh further said Congress would challenge the closure report of Lokayukta in the Madhya Pradesh High Court and will ensure that the corruption is proved. He also said he had several proof and evidences against the Madhya Pradesh Government and these are being gathered together. He claimed that several documents of state government's corruption are ready and claimed that Congress is all set to claim the third wicket in BJP in the form of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said that the officers in the state government were furnishing us information against the government and more officers would join us as the Vidhan Sabha elections draw near.

It may be mentioned here that a court had given a clean chit to Chief Minister Chouhan in the "Dumper scam" in which he was accused of misusing his official position to rent out dumper trucks to an industrial house as a quid pro quo for allotting a mining lease. The "Dumper scam", as the Opposition called it, had troubled Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh, in whose name the dumpers were purchased, with him maintaining that no irregularities were committed. The case had been registered against Chouhan and his wife in November 2007.

He demanded judicial probe into the alleged mining and land scam of Rs. 600 crores in Apex bank in which farmers’ land was mortgaged abroad.

Meanwhile, reacting to the comments of Digvijay Singh on the “Dumper scam”, the Madhya Pradesh Health and Housing Minister and State Government’s spokesman Dr. Narottam Mishra said it is not proper to raise finger at Lokayukta P.P. Navlekar after two years of his appointment.” He pointed out that late Mrs. Jamuna Devi was alive and was Congress Leader of the Opposition for 13 months after the Lokayukta Navlekar's appointment but she did not talk in this way. He said that it was not only unjustified to drag the name of Mrs. Jamuna Devi after her death but also an insult to her.

Quoting Mrs. Jamuna Devi's statement: “I am being roasted in “Diggi (Digvijay) Tandoor”, Dr. Mishra said it reflects that differences between Digvijay Singh and Mrs. Jamuna Devi was open. Therefore, it is not proper to insult her now.

Meanwhile, Digvijay said he had never called a Hindu or a Muslim ‘terrorist’ but always asserted that radical ideology always nurtures terrorist mindset. Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, (RSS), Pracharak Indresh Kumar on Wednesday called Digvijay Singh a terrorist.

Referring to the recent victory of Congress in Harda Municipal Corporation election, Singh said the ‘countdown’ for BJP has begun in the State.

Taking a dig at Team Anna, the former Chief Minister said, “When political parties talk of widening their base they are said to be indulging in politics of vote bank, but when Anna Hazare does the same for his team not a single word is said.” Singh also appealed Hazare to clear his stand on the reported statement of MNS chief Raj Thackeray that north Indians should quit Mumbai.

[Pervez Bari is a Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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