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            Raipur, September 6, 2008: Congress party is attempting to paint Chhattisgarh Rural Development and School Education Minister Ajay Chandrakar as the epitome of corruption ahead of the second assembly election of Chhattisgarh.

            The matters relating to the departments of Chandrakar were initially raised in the state assembly by the Congress and subsequently the AICC General Secretary in charge of Chhattisgarh Narayan Samy in an open public meeting in Dhamtari recently levelled serious allegations of corruption against him.

            Subsequently the broad base was continued with more and more Congress leaders have decided to attack the Panchayat Raj Minister, who is also the guardian minister of Raipur district.

            “Why is it happening that the departments hold by Chandrakar have the maximum allegations of corruptions, whether it is National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana or Total Literacy programme in Chhattisgarh,” the AICC General Secretary Narayan Samy asked after having a discussion with a cross section of party workers.

            In Kanker, Raipur and other districts there were large scale irregularities in implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the roads belonged to Public Works Departments had been shown as roads constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana in other areas and in teachers appointment also there were large scale irregularities because of which police cases had been registered against several BJP workers and leaders in the state, Samy said.

            In such a condition, the Congress party had approached the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to go for a CBI probe into the alleged irregularities in the centrally sponsored schemes as the money had been given by the Centre to Chhattisgarh, he said.

            Many in both the mainstream parties of the state, Congress and BJP, believed that the attempt to paint Chandrakar as the most corrupt face of the Raman Government was to take political advantage in the November assembly election.

            Due to his behavior Chandrakar has never earned a friend in Congress and his style of functioning had created several enemies for him in his own party BJP and in such a situation it was to be seen how politics would revolve around Chandrakar.

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