statesman news service
Bhopal, 8 July
Opposition Congress legislators, led by Leader of Opposition Mr Ajay Singh, walked to the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly here on Monday morning carrying an earthen pot, which, symbolically, contained the ‘achaar***’ (pickle) of all the still incomplete announcements made by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The anticipated stormy Monsoon Session of the Madhya Pradesh State Assembly began here today. Nonetheless, the House was adjourned on the first day without transacting any business after members paid homage to several deceased leaders and those dead in the recent Uttarakhand calamity.
The deceased leaders to whom homage was paid included MP State Assembly deputy speaker Mr Harvansh Singh, former MP deputy CM and Congress leader Mr Subhash Yadav, former Congress Union Minister slain recently by Maoists in Chhattisgrah Mr V C Shukla, former union minister Bhavna Chikhliya, former MLAs Mahendra Karma, Nandkumar Patel, Chandramani Tripathi, Kusumkant Jain, Gaurishankar Kaushal, Uday Mudaliyar, Anantram Verma and Suyyar Singh.
In another development, a delegation of Congress leaders reached the CBI office here on Monday to lodge a complaint of financial irregularity allegedly worth Rs 13.26 crore by the state government in the name of collecting money from all government primary schools of the state to make them lifetime members of the children’s magazine Devputra, published by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
Congress MLA Dr Govind Singh, Leader of Opposition Mr Ajay Singh and other leaders also demanded from the CBI that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also be made a co-accused in the scam, as he had granted his approval to the payment to be made to the RSS magazine. Dr Govind Singh had earlier lodged similar complaints with the MP Lokayukta Organisation and the State Economic Offences Wing.
The leaders alleged that money had been given by the union to the state for purchasing schoolbooks for children. However, the state misused it and paid the money for purchasing the RSS magazine, which has not been delivered to schools.