How a minister once spoiled Chouhan’s dirty game
Posted January 18, 2016on:
Fraud and deceit are integral part of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s nature. His fraud was once exposed by one of his cabinet colleagues (how else would the outsiders know to which extent this disciple of Advani could go?)
Akhand Pratap Singh, who was a cabinet minister during Chouhan’s first tenure (now he is out of the BJP, naturally), had opposed at a cabinet meeting the proposal to allot 13.766 hectares of land in the chief minister’s Budhni Assembly constituency by overruling the objections of the revenue and finance departments to Narmada Samagra Trust floated by Anil Madhav Dave. The land was the pastureland belonging to the poor people of Ramnagar village on the bank of river Narmada.
Under the rules, this land could not be converted into the land for construction of houses. Dave’s phoney Trust was to be allotted the land at throwaway prices. Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s criminal intent had become clear in giving the khasra numbers of some other land in the newspaper advertisements inviting objections, so that the genuine owners of the land did not know and did not raise objections.
Dave, an RSS strongman and now BJP member of Rajya Sabha, is a shining star on the corrupt horizon of the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, enjoying more powers and State-sponsored facilities than any cabinet minister without holding any position of responsibility in the government. His clout can be gauged from the fact that he was declared defaulter by a nationalised bank for not repaying the loan but he continues to guide the government as nothing had happened.
The ruckus created by Akhand Pratap Singh had unnerved Chouhan, which always happens when somebody challenges him face to face. He would probably have scrapped the proposal altogether but for the prompting by other ministers who wanted to show their loyalty to the RSS. Still, the cabinet reduced the area of the land from 13.766 hectares to four hectares for allotment to Dave’s Trust and decided that the allotment would not be made immediately but this chunk of land would be “reserved” for allotment to the Trust at a later date.
As the 2008 Assembly elections were due in a month or so and this could be a weapon in the hands of the opposition to hurt the BJP interests, Dave wrote to the chief minister two days later asking him not to consider his application for allotment of the land. He was quick to send the copies of his letter to the media for proper publicity. He had, however, not remembered the media when he had formed his dubious Narmada Samagra Trust or when he had applied for allotment of land to the Trust, nor had he publicised what exactly the Trust was supposed to do.