As mosquitoes bother MP CM Shivraj Chouhan, PWD engineer suspended

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan handing over a cheque to the kin of a victim of the Sidhi Bus accident on Wednesday.

As mosquitoes bother Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during his stay at the circuit house in Sidhi district of the state, a sub-engineer of the Public Works Department has to bear the brunt. He got the suspension order for alleged mismanagement, immediately after the incident.

The chief minister took notice of poor hygiene, cleanliness and bad arrangement during his stay at the circuit house on Wednesday, said an official.

During his visit to Sidhi, to meet the survivors and families of the deceased of a bus mishap that claimed 52 lives, the chief minister spent a night at the circuit house and took notice of the unhygienic condition and poor management.

There were mosquitoes in his room and a water tank was overflowing. He scolded the authorities for the mismanagement, said the official who did not wish to be named.

Dereliction of duty

Releasing a suspension order on Friday, Rewa divisional commissioner Rajesh Kumar Jain said, “Public works department (PWD) sub-engineer Babulal Gupta had been told about the stay of the VIPs in the circuit house but we received complaints of poor cleanliness, mismanagement and mosquitoes. The arrangements were not found as per protocol.”

The Chief Minister had apparently complained that mosquito nets were not available and that a mosquito repellent was sprayed in his room at around 2:30 am.

His ordeal was far from over, as water started flowing from the tank at 4 in the morning.

The Chief Minister allegedly had to turn off the motor of the tank himself.

“Because Babulal Gupta failed to carry out his duties, the image of the district has suffered,” the notice said.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while visiting the survivors and families of those killed in an accident after a bus they were travelling in fell into a canal, announced a reward of ₹ 5 lakh each for three people who helped save lives after the accident.

The accident, which killed 51, took place on Tuesday morning near Patna village in Madhya Pradesh, 80 km from the Sidhi district headquarters.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan has stoked similar controversies in the past after he was once seen being carried by two policemen during a visit to the flood-hit area of the state in 2016 and then a year later, a police officer was seen carrying his shoes at a religious complex.

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