Congress does not have courage to hear me: Shivraj Singh Chouhan on exam scam

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 20:30

Zee Media Bureau

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Wednesday that the Congress did not have the courage to hear him in the exam scam issue and that is why they had disrupted his reply to their own motion in the Assembly.

Chouhan posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “Congress does not have the courage to even hear me. Disruption of my reply to their own motion in the Assembly proves their culpability.”

He also said - “It is not only cowardice of Opposition but also against parliamentary procedure. They are trying to run away after throwing dirt.”

The ruling BJP today agreed to Congress` motion for discussion in the state Assembly on the alleged Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) scam, which is said to involve big names.

Speaker Sitasharan Sharma accepted the motion for discussion after Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare raised the issue of adjournment motion notice on the matter, soon after the House assembled for the day and took up the scheduled Question Hour, PTI reported.
The Speaker asked Katare to wait till the Question Hour ended but he insisted that the Chair give a ruling on the matter.

However, following intervention by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Speaker admitted the motion for discussion.

Chouhan said he was in favour of admitting the motion as many things were being alleged about the scam "without substance".

Congress members including Katare, Sunderlal Tiwari and Jeetu Patwari were not expecting such a decision and they raised rules and procedure to get it delayed.

The ruling party members including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra and Industries Minister Kailash Vijayawrgiya then asked them to admit that they are not ready for the debate at this moment.

But Speaker then ruled that since the motion has been admitted and the treasury bench members agreed to it, it cannot be taken back and called the name of Congress member Kamleshwar Patel to initiate the debate.

Besides highlighting various alleged irregularities in the scam, Patel demanded from the government to hand over the case to CBI for an "impartial probe".

Taking part in the debate, Forest Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar said that lot of things are being said about the scam but the fact is that in the last seven years 1.27 lakh posts were filled through MPPEB in which over 1.23 crore candidates had appeared.

Out of which irregular appointments were made only in 223 posts which is only .001 per cent of the total recruitment and the Opposition terming it as a "mega scam", the Minister said.

Similarly, for the educational institutions, a total of 70 exams were conducted by MPPEB in the last seven years and out of 25,84,000 candidates, 7,27,000 were selected.

Among them admissions of 293 candidates in government colleges and 131 in private ones were found to be irregular and it was being alleged that a very "big" scam took place, he said.

Kailash Vijaywargiya pointed out that the CM, on the basis of an anonymous complaint in Indore about the scam constituted a Special Task Force (STF) to probe it even as the High Court while disposing of petitions demanding a CBI probe into the matter had found the STF probe satisfactory and has started monitoring the investigations.

Amid continuous interventions from both sides, the debate continued till the house adjourned for the lunch.

Earlier this month, over 100 students who allegedly cleared the Pre-Medical Test (PMT) through unfair means were arrested by the Special Task Force from different districts of Madhya Pradesh in connection with the scam.

The PMT was conducted by MPPEB whose top officials were already arrested by STF since the scam surfaced in 2013.

The STF, which is probing the matter had arrested former State Technical Education minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Sharma on June 15 for his alleged involvement in the contractual teachers recruitment scam. The contractual teachers examination too was conducted by the MPPEB.

With PTI inputs



First Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 20:30

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