MP CM Promoting BJP Agenda: Opposition
The main Opposition Congress and RTI activists in the state have accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of promoting the ‘saffronisation’ of the quasi-judicial bodies and educational institutions in Madhya Pradesh by appointing people with close links to the BJP and RSS rather than strictly going by merit.
And the latest charges against the Chief Minister came in the wake of the appointments to the state information commission (SIC),with the new Chief Information Commissioner and four Information Commissioners being named last week. The SIC had been rendered non-functional for the last one year as a result of the BJP Government’s failure to fill up the posts, which had fallen vacant. And it was only after Right to Information (RTI) activist Ajay Dubey approached the Jabalpur High court that the state government was spurred into action.
However, Dubey is hardly impressed. “Most of the people, who have been appointed, have an affinity towards the BJP and RSS. People with a particular ideology are being promoted in the quasi-judicial bodies in the state. In places like SIC and State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) only those who have been recommended by the Sangh and its affiliate are being appointed,” he said.
Similar allegations were levelled by Congress stalwart and Leader of Opposition in the MP Assembly, Satyadev Katare at a news conference here last week. According to him, proximity to the BJP and RSS top brass was a key requirement for securing jobs at the Makhanlal Chaturvedi University of Journalism (MCUJ). Further, the Congress veteran alleged that candidates, who did not even possess the minimum qualification, had got placements there.
In order, to substantiate the charges Katare even displayed documents accessed through RTI queries to show that some of the teachers in the institutions were close to the BJP leaders. Later one of the employees, who had given the official residence of the state’s former Public Relations Minister as his residential address in the documents, stepped down following the expose.