Cong alleges Rs 1,500-crore scam in Ujjain Simhastha

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New Delhi, December 5: The Congress Party in Madhya Pradesh has alleged Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet for running a massive scam scaling up to Rs 1,500 crore while organising Simhastha Kumbh in Ujjain this year.

This could be a major setback to Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government in MP as the opposition party is considering using “legal options” so as to register a criminal case against the chief minister and other officials involved in the scam in the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

According to Arun Yadav who is the State Congress chief in MP, a six-member fact finding committee of the party led by deputy Leader of Opposition in the state assembly, Bala Bachchan, has submitted a 60 point report on the expenditure incurred by the BJP government for Ujjain Simhastha in April-May this year.

Yadav further said that the case will be moved to the Madhya Pradesh High Court and they also seek a CBI probe for the entire matter. The Congres state head also said that they are also mulling over to send the copies of the probe report to the President Pranab Mukherjee, PM Modi’s Office, Lok Sabha Speaker and MP Sumitra Mahajan who herself is from Indore, State Governor OP Kohli and Assembly Speaker Sitasharan Sharma.

In order to “expose the BJP government” the State’s congress wing purports to take the case to people and “raise the issue in the winter session” at the same time. “We know that the state government will once again try to run away from the debate over the issue, like it did in the monsoon session,” he said.

Highlighting the loops of MP government, Yadav said that the state government recently informed the Lok Sabha, that it had spent more than Rs 4,471 crore on Ujjain Simhastha in a contrast to what it said during Assembly’s monsoon session. They had earlier said that just over Rs 2,000 crore is spent.

“This difference of over 2,450 crore needs to be highlighted before the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Assembly Speaker for suitable action,” said Yadav.

Taking a dig further, he said, the chief minister however in his official message on Independence Day had said “a sum of Rs 3,377 crore was spent on Ujjain Simhastha.”

The Highlights of Report

Under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the cost of construction of a toilet was under Rs 12,000 for each unit. While the MP government installed over 50,000 toilets at much higher price, that ranged from Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000. Thus the report alleges that at least 6-7 crore has been robbed from public in building up toilets in Madhya Pradesh.

Next interesting plank being highlighted by the report included how MP government purchased white petroleum jelly for Rs 34 lakh during the April-May Month for Simhastha. The weather in summers is too humid to apply petroleum jelly that is generally used in winters. Similar irregularities were highlighted in the purchase of sanitary pads too, alleged the report by Bala Bachchan.

The 60 point report alleged irregularities on various other counts including the purchase of clay water urns and metallic stands. The clay urns have been bought for Rs 750 each, while the stands to hold the urns are sourced at Rs 3,999 each.

On the one hand, the central government has imposed surgical strike of demonetisation on the entire nation to fight the black money and corruption, while the besieged corruption in its own panel of Ministers is disappointing for the entire Nation.

Wefornews Bureau

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