Published On:22 December 2011
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Madhya Pradesh Cong Opposition Leader Ajay Singh complains against state BJP govt. to Centre

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: With Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections less than two years away the main Opposition Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), have girded up their loins and are involved in a war of attrition to pin-down each other in a bid to ride to power in the 2014 state general polls.

The state Congress party being out of the corridors of power for more than eight years up till now moved a no-confidence motion in the last Vidhan Sabha winter session a month back to expose the malfunctioning of the state BJP Government. Though knowing very well that the motion would be defeated due to lack of numbers on their side in the state legislative assembly, the Congress wanted to score a point or two through long winding debates to expose the wrong doings of the state government and it did achieve its goal to some extent.

Now, taking the battle out of the state assembly the Leader of the Congress Opposition Ajay Singh, who is the son of former Union HRD Minister late Arjun Singh, has opened front against the state BJP Government at the Centre ruled by the Congress-led UPA Government.

Singh on Wednesday submitted a memoranda to three Union ministers demanding probe in the irregularities in the state. Singh, along with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) members on Wednesday. In a memorandum given to the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Singh claimed that Madhya Pradesh Police is not cooperating with Central Bureau of Investigation, (CBI), and National Intelligence Agency, (NIA), in murder cases of social and RTI activist Ms Shehla Masood, journalist Pawan Jain Vidhrohi and RSS activist Sunil Joshi.

He alleged that the Madhya Pradesh Police has tried to destroy the evidences of Ms Shehla Masood murder case as the names of several top level leaders of the ruling BJP are figuring in this case. Singh demanded high level probe into these cases.

The delegation also demanded a high-level enquiry in the arrest, amnesty on Independence Day and again arrest of a SIMI activist terming the whole episode as suspicious. The State Government has also failed to utilise the funds allocated to it for tackling Maoists menace in the State, said the delegation.

Ajay Singh in a memorandum handed over to Union Minister for Forests and Environment, Ms Jayanti Natarajan said that for the last seven years, illegal mining, felling of trees in forests is going on unabated but as the ministers in the state government and their kin are involved, no one could muster courage to raise the issue. The forest officials in their reports were terming this illegal mining as a huge scam bigger than Bellary, but as the near and dear ones of the Ministers of the State were involved no action has been initiated. It was demanded in the memorandum to check illegal mining and initiate high level probe in this matter.

Besides the delegation also called on Union Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh and informed him of the huge corruption in the funds allotted under MNREG scheme in the State. It was also claimed in the memorandum that irregularity cases have been filed against officers including IAS officers. The memorandum also took objection to the funds sent by the Centre for Prime Minister Rural Road Scheme being used for the state Chief Minister Rural Road Scheme. The memorandum has demanded a high-level probe into it.

Meanwhile, BJP state president Prabhat Jha has said that that act of Leader of Opposition in state Assembly and MLAs of the opposition meeting Union ministers, is an effort to block the flow of funds to be allotted to the state. Jha said the behavior MLAs is not only objectionable but also breach of trust with the state people. He claimed that demanding probe in state’s share even after Centre’s discrimination, is an attempt slow down the pace of state development, for which BJP will give befitting reply.

While, the chief spokesman of the BJP State unit Vijesh Lunawat in a statement here said: "The Congress leaders of the State are not able to digest the prosperity of the people of the State and are doing conspiracy of creating hurdles in the Central Government-run schemes in the State by misguiding Central Ministers".

Lunawat further said that the act of the Congress leaders was a betrayal with the people of the State. People of the State would not tolerate the anti-people conspiracy of Congress. On the one hand the people of the State were abused due to the partisan attitude and political bias of the Centre, while on the other hand the Congress leaders from the State are trying to create hurdles in the Centrally-funded schemes in the State, he added.

He said that instead of supporting Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's demands that are in the interest of the people of the State, the Congress leaders should have asked the Centre to stop power cuts in the State, ensure adequate coal supply to the State, stop discrimination in the allotment of Indira Housing Scheme and to restore the sanctioned permissions of the Prime Minister Rural Road Scheme. Seems like working against the development of the State was part of the Congress' dirty politics and the people of the State would give befitting reply to it, he added.

[Pervez Bari is a senior 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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