Accused of failing to detect and stop the MPPEB scam during his rule, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Thursday announced that similar irregularities during Congress government under Digvijaya Singh will also be probed and the guilty brought to book.
Labourers and hand pump mechanics were appointed as teachers during the Congress regime by violating rules and procedures, Chouhan alleged and gave out names of some beneficiaries on the floor of Assembly even as the opposition MLAs created a ruckus demanding a CBI inquiry into the MPPEB scam.
The opposition had said it would not let Chouhan complete his reply to the adjournment motion unless he ordered a CBI probe. The deadlock continued on Thursday till Chouhan tabled his reply in the assembly. He insisted that MPPEB was entrusted with holding recruitment tests only because the previous government followed no policy for appointing several junior employees.
Chouhan later said MPPEB would be overhauled and a new legislation brought during the ongoing assembly session. Besides recasting competitive examinations, seats in medical colleges in the state were being filled in 2014 on the basis of an all-India entrance examination.
Although he did not elaborate on the proposed probe into irregularities during the Congress regime, Chouhan said it would be done at all costs. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who was in Bhopal, said he welcomed the probe but asked Chouhan to hand over the probe into MPPEB scam to the central agency.
“It’s not easy to claim my wicket,” he said, alleging that the Congress leveled baseless allegations in a bid to damage his reputation because he had helped the BJP come to power in MP for the third time.
“You have awakened a tiger you will have to listen to his roar,” he said.
Responding to the alleged involvement of the RSS, the CM said the organisation teaches patriotism and devotion to duty. Calling K S Sudershan as “an alternative to patriotism”, he said the name of the former RSS Sarsanghchalak was dragged to divert attention from the probe.