Former Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday claimed that the Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government was a running a “transfer industry” to mint money.
The BJP organised protests in several districts of the State on Saturday to mark what it claimed was over “100 days of corruption” by the Kamal Nath government, which was sworn in on December 17 last year.
“Youth are being cheated. Nobody is getting employment. Development has come to a standstill. Only one industry is flourishing in M.P. [after the Congress took over] and that is the transfer industry,” Mr. Chouhan said at one such party protest here.
“In the morning, a person is transferred from Bhopal to Sehore. In the afternoon, he is transferred from Sehore to Asta. In the evening, he is shifted from Asta to Dewas and at night from Dewas to Ujjain,” Mr. Chouhan said.
“These [transfers] are not taking place without the greasing of palms. Everything is on sale here,” the BJP vice-president alleged.
At several protest sites, the BJP workers carried placards that read “₹281 crore corruption in 100 days, a record in development”. The figure is a reference to the recent Income-Tax searches on the premises of people close to Mr. Nath, including his former Officer on Special Duty.
The Department had on April 8 said that it had detected a “widespread and well-organised” racket of collection of unaccounted cash of about ₹281 crore during raids on houses of close aides of Mr. Nath and others.
The 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh will go to polls in four phases beginning April 29.