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“It is not right in God’s sight to obey men rather than God.”

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 Congress leaders.

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.

State parliamentary 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.