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Recall of Madhya Pradesh BJP general secretary (Organisation) Arvind Menon by the RSS is considered a setback to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the two had developed quite a cosy relationship over the years. In his place has come Prant Pracharak of Madhya Bharat Suhas Bhagat, a low-profile hard-core full-time RSS activist. Bhagat’s name had now and then figured among those RSS leaders who were reported to have conveyed to the RSS high command that all was not well with Chouhan’s way of governance, particularly on the corruption front. The Chouhan camp thus gets the two-pronged shock – transfer of Menon and appointment of Bhagat in his place.
General Secretary (Organisation) is a senior RSS activist lent by the parent organisation to BJP. He is mainly responsible for keeping a check on the workings of the party organisation and the government (if it is a BJP government) and act as a link between the State and the RSS high command. Arvind Menon was sent on this position around six years ago.
Those deputed by the RSS to the BJP had mostly been working behind the scene, rarely attracting the people’s attention to themselves. Things, however, changed with BJP becoming the ruling party. Having spent their whole life in the RSS in utter starvation (in every sense of the word), few of them could resist the temptations suddenly before them and theirs just for asking. From humble Swayamsevaks, they found themselves in the role of dictating to the party organisation and the chief minister. They become arrogant. Besides, allegations of making money and indulging in carnal pleasures have also been made against quite a few of them.
If Arvind Menon was subjected to more tales of unsavoury nature than his predecessors, it was because Chouhan, his protégé and protector, had become more audacious in his second term as chief minister, the police had become more tractable and the judiciary more submissive. A woman made a complaint of sexual harassment against Menon on a stamped paper to the State Human Rights Commission which forwarded it to the police for investigation. The police in such complaints from undesirable elements takes its own time in making the inquiries. By the time it decided to question the stamp vendor if she had really purchased the stamped paper from him, the stamp vendor had died. How could the police proceed without recording the statement of the stamp vendor? The file had to be closed.
Menon had acquired such a clout in the past few years that many in the party and the government had started fearing him. He, though, had become like a shield for Chouhan facing numerous allegations of corruption. The decision to pull Menon out of Madhya Pradesh was said to have been taken by the RSS leadership about a month ago. Chouhan had of late been making frequent trips to Nagpur and the grapevine has it that he was trying to persuade the RSS chief to allow Menon to continue in Madhya Pradesh. He, though, did not succeed.
Menon’s removal from Madhya Pradesh against Chouhan’s wishes shows that the RSS had found Chouhan wanting in something vital and Menon had failed to make Chouhan mend his ways.
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.