Bhopal, Nov 27 (UNI) Trashing the opposition's resignation demand, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today clearly stated that he would not quit over the dumper issue and was prepared to face a no-confidence motion in the Assembly or debate the matter with opposition leaders in any forum.
Interacting with the press in the Assembly premises, after the proceedings were adjourned for the day amid bedlam over the opposition demand, Mr Chouhan said ''the Opposition is fighting shy of a related discussion in the House that is why today it did not allow a discussion on an adjournment motion.
''The Opposition members are apprehensive of the state government's public welfare work and therfore, busy attempting to rake- up such unnecessary issues. I will answer every query when the no-confidence motion comes up but the Opposition seems to repose little faith in democratic systems,'' the Chief Minister said.
Describing as 'baseless' the allegations levelled by former chief minister Digvijay Singh, he alleged that Mr Singh's behaviour exceeded the limit and a party such as the Congress had no right to lecture him on morality.
When asked whether he would sue Mr Singh for defamation, the Chief Minister said, ''I do not accord much weightage to irresponsible statements. If Mr Singh has facts then let him bring those forward. I have said earlier that four dumpers were purchased for Rs 72 lakh of which the loan component was Rs 65 lakh. I will table details of my property in the house.'' The Lokayukt Special Police Establishment had registered a first information report (FIR) against him, his wife and others for alleged corruption in purchase of four dumpers that were later hired out to the Rewa-based J P Cement company. The FIR was registered following the directive of a local special court.