The Congress on Sunday released a “chargesheet” against the BJP government accusing it of defrauding the exchequer of Rs 1,46,077 crore. Alleging that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was as corrupt as his ministers and accusing his close relatives of amassing wealth, it said the BJP had taken the people for a ride by promising to turn MP into a golden state.
The BJP dismissed the “chargesheet” as a pack of lies, with vice-president Prabhat Jha pointing out the figure of Rs 1.46 lakh crore is more than the state’s budget. “If the allegations were solid, the Congress should have moved court,” Jha said.
The Congress document plays up allegations levelled by former chief minister Uma Bharti in 2008. Now BJP national vice-president, Bharti had then floated her own party.
Though it was written in the context of the power struggle within the BJP, the Congress also highlighted the open letter by L K Advani last June where he said , “I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party, or the direction... most leaders of ours are now concerned just with their personal agendas.”
The chargesheet was released by leader of the opposition Ajay Singh in the presence of AICC general secretaries Digvijaya Singh and Mohan Prakash, and union ministers Harish Rawat and Pradeep Jain. Ajay Singh said the chargesheet includes 16 major scams during the BJP regime, and gave a breakup. He alleged the chief minister had indulged in personal corruption and his wealth had multiplied in the last few years. He also accused CM’s wife Sadhna Singh, his elder brother Narendra Chouhan and his wife’s brother Sanjay of amassing wealth.
“Chouhan has already filed a defamation suit against the leader of th opposition,” said the BJP’s Jha. “The Lokayukta had not levelled any allegations against any ministe.”
The chargesheet also names Laxmikant Sharma, Babulal Gaur, Ajay Vishnoi, Jayant Malaiyya, Kamal Patel, Kailash Vijayvargiya, Archana Chitnis, Paras Jain, Himmat Kothari, Ramakant Tiwari, Dhal Singh Bisen and Chaudhary Chandrabhan Singh as ministers against whom Lokayukta probes are pending. Some of them were ministers in the first BJP government between 2003 and 2008.