Face-saving effort: Chouhan begins state-wide ‘Sadbhavna Yatra’
BHOPAL: Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, to save his face that has been damaged by the Vyapam scandal,
on Thursday ventured into a state-wide ‘Sadbhavna Yatra’ which began from
Bhabhra, the birth place of martyr Chandrashekhar Azad, in Jhabua district of
In the public meetings he asks people whether
he should relinquish his post or not. When the reply comes in negative, he says
when public doesn’t want him to quit, why he should resign from the post.
The BJP though, denied
officially that the programme was not intended to clarify his role in the Vyapam
scam, party sources confirmed that Shivraj would have face-to face dialogue
with people to clear his involvement in Vyapam investigations.
Making a scathing attack
on the Congress, Shivraj Singh rubbished all charges against him and said the Congress
was indulging in completely baseless and false allegations out of frustration.
He said it was the Congress which always dreamt about him, his resignation and
their chances of winning elections.
nightmares about Shivraj Singh as their plans failed to win assembly, Lok Sabha
and even civic body elections,” he said adding that when they felt that they
cannot come to power in any case until Shivraj Singh is alive, they planned to
damage his image through false implications and bogus documents. “But I will
never let this happen,” he claimed.
Shivraj Singh said that
Congress leaders from Bhopal to Delhi gathered to impose serious allegations
and even defame him but to no avail. “They are shouting, Shivraj Singh Isteefa
do, Isteefa do (Shivraj Singh resign) but I am asking you should I relinquish
the post,” asked Shivraj to the public. When the public replied in negative, he
said, “When you don’t want me to quit, why should I resign.”
Taking a jibe at
Congress leaders he said, “When Digvijay Singh was chief minister and when late
Arjun Singh was chief minister, both were used to scribble on piece of papers
to do fraudulent admissions. There was no admission procedure and corruption
was on rife. The cheating was open and one can pay and get an order sheet ready
for the job,” he alleged. Shirvaj Singh claimed that he would expose Congress’
farce in the public and also in the court of law.
believe that this was the only way Shivraj could retaliate and come out with a
clean image from the Vyapam scam. Party’s big-wigs have also consented to the