Congress ruining image of Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Asserting that his hands are clean in the Vyapam scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday accused Congress of ruining the state's image by mounting a campaign of false allegations to secure its selfish interests, which he said the people rejected ourtright as is evident from the BJP's clean sweep in civic polls.

Bhopal: Asserting that his hands are clean in the Vyapam scam, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday accused Congress of ruining the state's image by mounting a campaign of false allegations to secure its selfish interests, which he said the people rejected ourtright as is evident from the BJP's clean sweep in civic polls.

"Right now I am disturbed that MP's reputation has been tarnished nationwide and globally over the Vyapam scam by the Congress for selfish political motives," Chouhan told in an interview to PTI.

Charging the Congress with mounting a propaganda of false allegations by linking the deaths to the scam, he said, "Congress tried to create an atmosphere of distrust in the entire country which resulted in sullying the state's image."

Chouhan, who will be completing ten years as Chief Minister in November and is visibly relaxed at the sterling performance of BJP in civic polls, said he was sure that truth will prevail once the CBI probe into the Vyapam scam is over.

He said Congress has stooped too low and tried to malign him and his family but failed to harm BJP in Madhya Pradesh.

"People of MP know the truth. They won't allow Congress to ruin their state's image. We have swept in the just concluded civic body election," Chouhan said.

"I am confident that truth will prevail once the CBI inquiry into the scam is over," he said, adding, he has not indulged in any wrongdoing in the Vyapam scam and that he is a firm believer that 'honesty is the best policy' in politics.

"I am discharging my duties honestly. I stick to honesty come what may. In democracy, Chief Minister is a servant of people. I follow this core principle religiously," he said.

Chouhan, who has led BJP to victory in successive elections over the last ten years, came under cloud after the massive irregularities in recruitment in various government departments, especially in the pre-medical examination conducted by MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), commonly known by its Hindi acronym Vyapam, came to light.

The scam took larger proportions after a number of people connected with it, including witnesses and accused, died under suspicious circumstances.

Chouhan said in the ten years since becoming Chief Minister on November 29, 2005, he has tried to bring in transparency in admission and recruitments done by Vyapam.

During the Congress regime, recruitments were done on the basis of paper chits sent by those in power as a result of which talented young people were left out. In many departments, recruitments were carried out in an unfair manner, he said.

"In order to check this menace and purge the system, recruitment procedures were made transparent under Vyapam," he said.

Vyapam has carried out tests of 1.7 crore aspirants for jobs in government services and admission to medical courses and among them 3.54 lakh candidates were selected since 2007, he said.

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