Cong dharna to press for Chouhan's resignation

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Bhopal, Dec 8(UNI) Main opposition Congress today staged dharnas and demonstrations across Madhya Pradesh to press for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation on 'moral grounds' on the dumper purchase issue.

Following yesterday's High Court order banning 'Chakkaam', the Congress changed its 'road blockade' agitation to dharna's and demonstrations for two hours from 1000 hrs.

The agitators also submitted to the District Collectors or Sub-Divisional Magistrates memoranda, addressed to the Governor, seeking Mr Chouhan's resignation after the Lokayukta police lodged an FIR and launched an inquiry on a court directive.

The issue pertains to his alleged corrupt practices in the purchase of four dumpers in his wife's name and later hiring it out to Rewa-based J P Cement.

In the state capital, the Congress workers staged a dharna and demonstration in front of the party office at Roshanpura square.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jamuna Devi and other party leaders Harbans Singh, Ashok Jain Bhabha and Manak Agrawal led the protest and later submitted a memorandum, addressed to the Governor, to the Sub-Divisional Magistrate.

Mr Agrawal claimed the agitation was successful and peaceful.

Such protests would continue till Mr Chouhan resigned, he added.


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