BJP govt framed MP Guv in Vyapam scam to save CM: Digvijay
Guna (MP), Mar 26: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday alleged that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has "falsely implicated" Governor Ram Naresh Yadav in the multi-crore Vyapam scam, apparently to save Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Singh also demanded a CBI probe into death of the Governor's son Shailesh Yadav, one of the accused in the state Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam. [MP Governor's son, accused in exam scam, found dead]
Shailesh was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his father's official residence in Lucknow yesterday.
"With Chouhan finding himself embroiled in the scam, the state government is now harassing the Governor by dragging his name into the MPPEB scam even though the Chief Minister's name has figured in it (the scam)," Singh told reporters at his ancestral home, Raghogarh in Guna district.
Singh said the mirror image of the excel sheet, captured on July 18, 2013, by the whistleblower showed Chouhan's name but the sheet was later tampered with and names of the Governor and the Union Minister Uma Bharti were inserted into the document.
The Special Task Force (STF), which is probing the scam, had registered an FIR against the Governor last month for allegedly recommending names of some of the candidates for recruitment to the post of Forest Guard in the examination conducted by the scam-tainted MPPEB.
According to FIR, some of the candidates cracked the test fraudulently. Yadav, a senior Congress leader, was appointed Governor of Madhya Pradesh by the previous UPA government.
Digvijay said he had shown all relevant papers in connection with the scam to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is awaiting action. Congress will see what action the Prime Minister takes as Modi has been advocating propriety in public life to BJP leaders.
To a query on FIR registered against him earlier this month for irregularities in various appointments in Assembly Secretariat between 1993 and 2003, Singh, who had served as chief minister during that period, said this case should be handed over to CBI along with the MPPEB scam case.
He said government has no role to play as far as appointments to Assembly are concerned.
Replying to a query on the passage of bills during the Budget session before Parliament went into recess, Singh said, "while the Mining Bill is against the interests of state governments, the Land Acquisition Bill is anti-farmer."
He also slammed the Minister of State for External Affairs, V K Singh over his tweets after attending a reception to mark the Pakistan National Day, saying the tweets were "unnecessary".
Singh also criticised the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government on the issue of providing relief to farmers hit by rain and hailstorm.
The Congress leader said he had already filed a petition in the High Court on the issue of farmers who were hit by natural calamities in previous years and have not got compensation till date.
Singh also accused the officials engaged in conducting the survey of the affected crops of "committing forgery" to pass on the benefit to their acquaintances.
The officials are making entry in the survey papers with pencil and later with pen to benefit only those who are close to them, he said, demanding that entries should be done with pen only.