No irregularity in purchase of dumpers: Chouhan

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Khargone, MP, Dec 10 (UNI) Rejecting allegations levelled by the Congress over the much-debated dumpers' purchase issue, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said the Income Tax department has made it clear that there is no irregularity in documents related to purchase of dumpers.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Chouhan, who was here to campaign for BJP candidate for Lok Sabha by-election in Khargone constituency, said the Congress was unnecessarily raking up the issue to gain electoral benefits from the case but truth was never defeated.

Mr Chouhan made clear the government's stand on various issues.

He said he did not believe in allegations and counter allegations and focussed on welfare of people.

Claiming that the IT department had provided him clean chit in dumpers' purchase case, he asserted that allegations levelled by the Congress would be rejected by the Lokayukta also during investigation.

On law and order situation in the state, Mr Chouhan said even central agencies admitted that law and order situation was better in Madhya Pradesh as compared to other states.

Holding the Centre responsible for power crisis in the state, Mr Chouhan said the Centre was delaying construction of Birsinghpur and Sanjay Gandhi thermal power plants. As a result, the state was unable to get about 1,200 MW electricity.

He said he had urged the Prime Minister and the Energy Minister to pace up work on power plants. He hoped that the state would receive adequate power by March, 2008.

The Chief Minister claimed that the BJP would emerge victorious in by-elections in Khargone Lok Sabha constituency and Sanver assembly constituency as a result of development works.

On his prestige linked to the result of bypolls in the two constituencies, he said the party had asked him to campaign for both places and its results were not linked to his prestige.

Today is the last day for campaigning for the December 12 bypoll in Khargone. The BJP has fielded Mr Krishnamurari Moghe, who disqualification as MP caused the by-election. State Congress President Subhash Yadav's Arun Yadav is the Congress nominee for the seat.

A total of eleven candidates are in the fray for the Khargone bypoll. The presence of BJ candidate Sanjay Jhanvar has made the bypoll interesting.

UNI

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