BJP has asked me to stay on: Chouhan

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Bhopal, Nov 16 (UNI) Defying the opposition clamour for his resignation on moral grounds, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said the BJP leadership had asked him to continue saying that there was no need to quit.

Reacting to a local special court directing the Lokayukt Special Police Establishment to inquire into the purchase of four dumpers by his wife and later letting the vehicles out to a cement company at Rewa, Mr Chouhan told reporters here that he was ''much pained'' by the mudslinging attempt by the Congress leaders.

''There is no question of political instability. An independent inquiry is underway and the issue is before the court,'' the Chief Minister said.

''I have done nothing wrong. The issue is political. I am prepared to face any inquiry and will do it boldly,'' Mr Chouhan said while referring to the oppositions demand for his resignation on moral grounds after an first information report was filed against him, wife Sadhana Singh, JP Cement Director Sunny Gaud, Principal Secretary (Mines) and Rewa's Regional Transport Officer.

''Since the Congress failed to face me politically, a conspiracy was hatched to tarnish my image. I will not allow them to succeed in their ulterior motive,'' he said.

Mr Chouhan said he had taken up the issue with the BJP's central and state leadership and the entire party supported him.

''Party ne kaha ki datkar khade rahe, hum saath hain,'' he said.

Questioning the propriety of the Congress demand, he asked whether any morality was involved when Jharkhand leader Shibu Soren stayed on in the cabinet till his conviction while several cases were still pending against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad.

Strongly defending the purchase of dumpers in his wife's name, Mr Chouhan said the Congress had no faith even on official documents revealing details as to how dumpers worth Rs 72 lakh were purchased with Rs 65 lakh loan from Tata Finance and Rs 7 lakh margin money.

''Nothing was concealed. I was being crucified for my honesty. If my intention was malafide then the deal could have been in another's name,'' Mr Chouhan added.

UNI

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