Bhopal, Nov 26 (UNI) Madhya Pradesh Urban Administration, Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra today alleged that the ''issueless'' main opposition Congress was unnecessarily making attempts to rake up the dumpers' purchase case involving Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
''In a democracy, the opposition has a positive role but it seems that the Congress has forgotten that. Antics such as reaching the Assembly on a dumper are nothing more than attempts to gain cheap publicity. The Congress -- which threatens to stall the House proceedings -- should not forget its duties and democratic limits,'' he told reporters in the Assembly press room.
Pointing out that the Vidhan Sabha was a ''temple of democracy'' where the road of public welfare was strengthened through discussion and debate over several public-interest issues, Mr Mishra added that the Congress was declaring itself as a hurdle.
''Why does the Congress not have the patience to hear the government's reply in the Assembly to the issue on which it is demanding the Chief Minister's resignation? The Congress is actually peeved over public welfare schemes run under Mr Chouhan's leadership and is, therefore, compelled to stoop to the politics of character assassination,'' he alleged.
Pointing out that the Chief Minister had clarified the factual position in the case, Mr Mishra added that the matter was fanned by the very Congress leaders who were themselves accused of grave corruption while that party was in power.