MP Government responsible for Sidhi mishap: Ajay Singh


Agencies, Bhopal Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh today alleged that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is responsible for the road mishap in Sidhi district that claimed over 20 lives and demanded that the regime pay an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the deceased’s kin and a government job to a family member. Mr Singh said that the construction of the Hanuman-Bahri Road – including the Jogdaha Bridge – had been provided to a contractor to be built at a cost of Rs 104.94 crore. Nonetheless, he refused to build the bridge after objection by the Forest Department. “However, the dispensation, instead of sorting out the matter, agreed to build the bridge while reducing the contract amount by Rs 6 crore. Surprisingly, the Forest Department gave no-objection certificate to the construction of bridge four months later,” he said. Mr Singh pointed out that the Madhya Pradesh State Road Development Corporation issued a separate tender for the bridge’s construction at a cost of Rs 28 cr thus causing a loss of Rs 22 cr to the state exchequer. He said that the railing-less bridge had a number of pits that led to the mishap when the mini-truck tried to avoid the pits and overturned.

Govt infringing on rights of people’s reps: Oppn Leader

Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh today charged the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of weakening the Vidhan Sabha and infringing on the rights of people’s representatives. “The Parliamentary Affairs Department issued a circular on March 21, 2018, wherein it has been directed to refrain from using certain terminology while drafting replies. The circular contains list of 34 phrases that should be avoided as these are considered as assurances,” Mr Singh told media here. “The circular points out that proper structuring of replies and in-depth analysis of content of questions could reduce the number of assurances made by the regime in the House. Ministers need to be quite alert while making assurances. Whenever assurances are made, it should be ensured that these are followed,” he said. Describing the BJP as a fascist party, Mr Singh said that the circular hurts the fundamental sentiment of the House. Earlier, the dispensation had brought in certain provisions that curtailed the rights of legislators for moving no-confidence motion and submitting questions. However, these provisions were withdrawn following objection from the Opposition and media.