MP govt to probe scams during Digvijay rule

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Bhopal, Nov 28 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh government will soon probe various alleged scams during the ten-year Digvijay Singh rule in the state.

The irregularities included ''illegal'' allotment of premium land.

Talking to UNI here today on the eve of his completion of two years in office, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan declared, ''the law will certainly take its course and the guilty will not go scot free irrespective of his or her status.'' Clarifying that the move was neither motivated by political vendetta nor the coming assembly elections, he added that it was aimed at exposing corrupt elements in pursuance of the Bharatiya Janata Party's commitment to cleanse the system. ''The delay in such action was primarily caused by extensive collection of evidence,'' the Chief Minister claimed.

When asked about the corruption charges against some of his ministers, he stated that action would be taken after the charges were proved.

While the Chief Minister did not elaborate on the number of cases, Revenue Minister Kamal Patel said ''hundreds of cases'' of allotment of land by the then Congress regime -- in violation of rules and regulations -- to partymen and other favourites had been identified in different parts of the state.

To begin with, he said that action was being initiated in respect of such allotments in Rajgarh district -- from where Mr Digvijay Singh was elected to the Lok Sabha more than once. The district adjoins his hometown Raghogarh in Guna district.

Mr Patel told UNI that a sizeable chunk of land belonging to a college in Rajgarh was distributed among several Congressmen sans obtaining a no objection certificate from the college management.

Similarly, he alleged hundreds of such cases of unauthorised allotment of land to partymen at throwaway prices in other districts.

This action comes close on the heels of the Congress-sponsored campaign against the Chief Minister in the wake of the dumpers' purchase scam.

Terming it a ''conspiracy'' on part of the opposition to target him to slow down the state's pace of development, he said, ''we have accepted the challenge. The development efforts will not be halted, instead those will be accelerated. The opposition is aghast over rapid attrition of its popular base following the BJP government's development-oriented initiatives that have benefited all sections of society.'' More UNI

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