Within days of his own party leaders pointing an accusing finger at him, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ramnaresh Yadav Tuesday said he was ready to be hanged if his guilt was established in the MPPEB scam.
“An attempt to assassinate my character is on. If allegations leveled against me are proved right, why only step down from my post, I am ready to be hanged,” said an Yadav on his 87th birthday, breaking his silence for the first time after his name was dragged into the scam. He was also accused of favouritism in appointment of vice-chancellors.
Yadav, who was appointed as Governor by the UPA government in September 2011, said he had sacked his OSD Dhanraj Yadav the moment he came to know of his alleged involvement in the scam. “He is neither my relative nor associated with me in any way,” he said in a statement.
The allegation that the Governor was involved in the scam surfaced on the eve of President Pranab Mukherjee’s two-day visit to the state. However, what embarrassed the former UP CM was that the suggestion that he be punished came from former Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh.
Singh had also accused Yadav of being hand-in-glove with the BJP government, saying he did not intervene when the Congress party’s no-confidence motion in the assembly was scuttled last year when he was the Leader of Opposition. Few more Congress leaders seconded Singh’s allegation saying he should have quit after his OSD’s name surfaced.
While the BJP kept quiet its student body ABVP took to the streets demanding that Yadav be booked for his role.
Yadav broke his silence after garlanding a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in the old Vidhan Sabha building. He said he had spent six decades in public life and held several positions but has never been accused of any wrongdoing.
“The Governor or the Raj Bhavan did not recommend any names nor called any officer and gave expensive gifts,” read the statement while refuting the news reports to that effect.