Bhopal: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Madhya Pradesh, one of the worst-affected states, has launched a probe against the previous 15-month-old Kamal Nath-led Congress government.
The current Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government headed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has constituted a three member ‘council of ministers’ to probe the decisions taken by the previous Congress Government in the last six months of its tenure.
Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Agriculture Minister Kamal Patel and Tulsi Silawat, a minister during the former Congress government and now the Water Resources Minister, are the members of the committee.
The trio held its first meeting on Friday and called for records of the decisions taken by the Kamal Nath-led government in order to put them to scrutiny. Mishra and Patel were present at the meeting while Silawat did not attend it.
Mishra said that officials have been asked to collect details of tenders and others records of the Public Health Department, the Irrigation Department, procurement by the Public Relation Department (like the UV printing machine) and the appointment of CM crop progressive consultant among other matters. After subjecting them to scrutiny, the cases will be sent to the Economic Offences Wing for their perusal.
“Issues related to liquor and mining were also discussed during the meeting,” said Mishra. The state Home Minister questioned the working of the Congress government, saying that crucial decisions were taken by the Kamal Nath government when its ministers were not in the state and had not attended the Cabinet meeting.
The minister said that the government continued to take decisions even as Governor had pointed out that it was in minority. Mishra said that he does not intend to try and create a political fuss over the investigation and said that he would publicly out all their “wrong doings” when confirmed. Another meeting of the three-member committee has been scheduled for next week.
It is to be noted, however, that Madhya Pradesh is one of the worst-affected states by the COVID-19 pandemic with 4,623 cases and 237 deaths so far. The state is also dealing with a migrant exodus.
Commenting on the issue, State Congress spokesperson K.K. Mishra said: “Those who had looted the State for the last 15 years when countless scams took place, including the Vyapam scam, are now conducting a probe in graft cases of Congress government when the State is reeling under a pandemic and a migrant exodus. This shows the hypocrisy and insensitivity of the Government.”
The BJP is conducting this probe just to garner support in upcoming by-elections to 24 seats by making false claims, he added.