Chouhan to counter Congress attack on Vyapam scandal
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh
chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is all set to counter the opposition with
his team and party’s strategists. On the opening day of Monsoon session, he
looked more relieved, to defend himself by replying logically to the attack of
But Congress is
adamant, demanding immediate resignation of chief minister Chouhan till he is
absolved of all charges against him and till the CBI investigation is over.
Shivraj had met party
president Amit Shah on Sunday evening in Delhi, to discuss ways to take on the
Opposition in the Parliament and state Assembly over the Vyapam scam. The
meeting, which was also attended by BJP general secretaries Kailash Vijayvargiya
and Ram Lal, concluded with a single agenda to confront Congress attack.
Chouhan is also
understood to have shared the progress of the investigation being done by the
state Special Task Force (STF) in the scam, so as to clarify his role. Party's
national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya confirmed the strategy and
added, “Party is totally with chief minister Shivraj Singh and would provide
all help during adversities.”
Leader of Opposition in
state Assembly Satyadev Katare is adamant on the demand. He has already said that
issue of Vyapam scam is very significant in highlighting government’s apathy
and high-level corruption. Chief Minister Chouhan is equally responsible of
inaction in the massive scandal, which allegedly has claimed the lives of many
accused and witnesses. “We only want that chief minister should resign first,
then we will continue with the debate in the Assembly,” reiterated Katare.
On Monday, Shivraj
Singh spoke to his mandarins, cabinet ministers and then MLAs to plan a
strategy to confront Congress leaders in the assembly. An all party meeting was
also convened by the Speaker Sitasharan Sharma to hold peaceful discussions in
the Assembly session but to no avail. Sharma is learnt to have told that Congress
is seeking view of party’s seniors on this. He said he was hopeful to get an
affirmation from the opposition.
affairs minister Narottam Mishra said that the government is ready to discuss
any issue, may it be related to Vyapam or deaths but the opposition seem to be
adamant. “They have conveyed to the Speaker about the party’s stand. We are
hopeful that things will be solved amicably,” he said.
Shivraj is believed to
have explained his MLAs too, in a special meeting convened on Monday evening,
how to take on this issue and convince the public in favour of the party.
Senior ministers Babulal Gaur, Gopal Bhargav, Narottam Mishra were among other
members who attended. Party state president Nandkumar Singh, organising general
secretary Arvind Menon were also present.