No need for Vijaywargiya to resign, says former MP CM

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 00:13

Bhopal: Coming out in defence of Industries
Minister, Kailash Vijaywargiya, former Madhya Pradesh Chief
Minister, Sunderlal Patwa said there was no need for him to
resign in the wake of the land scam charges as he has not been
proved guilty as yet.

Vijaywargiya is facing charges for allotment of three
acres of land to a society headed by his close confidant and
MLA Ramesh Mendola. A local court in Indore has directed
Lokayukta to conduct a probe in the matter.

"The court has ordered the Lokayukta to conduct a probe
on the issue of Vijaywargiya. The probe is going on and unless
proved guilty, there is no need for him to resign from his
post," Patwa said today.

When asked if there was pressure from BJP on Vijaywargiya
to put in his papers, Patwa said, "party does not work under
any pressure and there is no pressure from the party."

Attacking Congress on the issue, he said during former
State Chief Minister Digvijay Singh`s tenure, Lokayukta had
recommended action against 23 ministers, but during BJP
regime, not a single charge was proved against any minister.

The job of the opposition is to level charges. But one
is proved guilty only after probe against him/her is
completed. In the case of Vijaywargiya also, probe is going on
and till it gets completed, it is not fair to brand him
guilty, he said.

"There is no need for him to resign unless proved guilty
in the case," Patwa said.

The court asked the Lokayukta to probe charges against
Vijaywargiya following a complaint from the senior Congress
leader and former minister, Suresh Seth.

Seth had charged that Vijaywargiya alloted three acres of
land in Nandanagar area in Indore to a society headed by his
close confidant and MLA, Ramesh Mendola.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 00:13

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