Was Anoop Mishra the only ‘tainted’ minister?
Posted July 5, 2010on:
Madhya Pradesh minister of health and family welfare and medical education Anoop Mishra resigned on July 2 in the wake of BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar’s call for removal of “tainted” ministers from the cabinet. Kumar had given this advice at the State BJP’s executive committee meeting at Ratlam two days earlier.
With this ends the influence of Atal Behari Vajpayee in the BJP. Mishra, a close relative of the octogenarian leader, was made a minister when the BJP came to power on the express wish of Vajpayee.
Mishra, it is said, was advised by BJP President Nitin Gadkari to resign as Mishra’s name figures in a complaint made against some of his family members for the murder of a youth. There are also corruption complaints against him with the Lokayukta.
This, though, reflects Gadkari’s warped sense of fairplay because he or the chief minister had not sought the resignation of tourism and sport minister Tukojirao Puar who was arrested under Sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and was made to spend a few days in police custody. Even the charges have been framed against him by the Dewas chief judicial magistrate (CJM).
Nearly a dozen members of Chauhan’s council of ministers are facing corruption charges. The strongest case is against Chauhan himself. While there are just complaints against most of them, the case against Chauhan was registered by the Lokayukta Organisation on the directive of the special court which was satisfied prima facie about Chauhan’s corrupt activities.
Ananth Kumar, while “advising” chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan to remove the “tainted” ministers from his cabinet, had also called upon State BJP president Prabhat Jha to remove the tainted MLAs from the party. There are a number of BJP MLAs against whom there are serious corruption and criminal charges. Will Jha act?