Cong stages walk-out from MP Assembly over loan-waiver scam

Bhopal: The main opposition, Congress, on Tuesday walked out of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, not satisfied with state government's action taken against officials of cooperative societies in an alleged loan-waiver scam in Hoshangabad district.

Congress's Arif Aqueel demanded during the question hour that government should suspend the officials and lodge an FIR with the Economic Offences Wing in this case.

The officials are alleged to have waived dues of over Rs 12.37 crore, in the cases where beneficiaries were not eligible, under the Centre's loan waiver scheme for farmers.

Opposition members created a ruckus over the issue, and rushed towards the Speaker's podium twice.

Aqueel said some people had pressurised him not to raise the issue in the house.

He said that he anticipated that even the Madhya Pradesh Cooperative Minister Gaurishanker Bisen too might face such a pressure. However, the Congress MLA did not name the person who put pressure on him.

Bisen denied this, stating that the moneys deposited in the ineligible farmers' accounts had been withdrawn.

The minister said that more than 20 officers had been suspended in this connection. Also, the Hoshangabad Collector had written a letter to EOW seeking that an FIR should be registered, he said, adding that the EOW still did not book the officials.

Unsatisfied, the Congress members staged a walkout from the house.