Manipur: Congress Demands CM’s resignation on moral grounds

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IMPHAL, April 3, 2018: MPCC- Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded the resignation of Manipur CM, N. Biren Singh on moral grounds for allegedly failing to check corruption taking place right under his nose.

Speaking to media during a press conference held late in the evening, MPCC spokesperson Hareshwar Goswami, mocked the anti-corruption campaign of the BJP government as a practical joke.

The MPCC spokespersons claimed that a huge amount, to the tunes of several crore rupees, have been misappropriated by issuing forged cheque drawal authority (CDA) in works department.

Substantiating the claim, the opposition party has made available to the media a letter written by principal secretary (finance), Vineet Joshi to principal secretary (works) that, "It has come to the notice of the finance department that few forged or fake cheque drawal authority in respect of works department have been issued with a mala fide intention to draw government funds during the rush hour of closing financial year 2017-18".

It further informed that a complaint has been lodged with the Imphal police station April 1, to conduct a probe for the withdrawal of government funds fraudulently.

Referring to the fund misappropriation, the spokesperson contended that the BJP's anti-corruption campaign has become meaningless for it has turned blind eyes to a big scandal and instead persecuting only the soft targets.

The conflict between the two departments indicates nothing but the miserable failure of the government, he asserted before demanding the resignation of the chief minister.

"As a leader of the government, the chief minister must be held accountable for all the wrong doings in every department and cannot escape from his responsibility. He should resign on moral grounds", he demanded.

Goswami also urged the authority concerned to immediately hand over the case to national investigation like the CBI and take befitting action against the frauds.

Secretary organisation MPCC, S. Manaobi Singh terming the case as a "daylight robbery" also sought clarification from the authority at the earliest.

Vineet Joshi in the letter further has asked the principal secretary works to look into the matter and take necessary verification of all CDA sub-allocation made during March 2018 and take firm immediate action as deemed appropriate.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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