Vibhash Kumar Jha
Raipur. Of late Congress and Controversy seem to have become synonymous. Till last week the epicenter of controversy was in Punjab. Then it was shifted to Rajasthan and now it has arrived in Chhattisgarh, one of the senior leaders of the party and veteran cabinet minister TS Singh Deo has been targeted by his own party MLA Brihaspati Singh. The controversy, which led to a high-voltage political drama in and outside Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha, has put the party in tenterhooks.
The controversy today took an unexpected turn, when the Health Minister TS Singh Deo, suddenly raised his objection during the statement of the Home Minister on the issue. He said enough is enough. The party MLA has said so many things, about me and my family, which was never our character. So it is better that unless the party and the state government make his position clear on the controversial matter, he should not remain in this august house.
Brihaspati Singh, on Sunday, had alleged that his party colleague and Health Minister TS Singh Deo was behind the attack on his supporters and the minister might get him killed. According to Brihaspati Singh, the Sarguja district police had mentioned the minister’s relative, Sachin Singh Deo, in FIR. The MLA asserted that Sachin was involved in the attack on his convoy.
It so happened that the convoy of MLA was passing through Ambikapur on Saturday evening when the accused, reportedly perturbed over being overtaken, by the escort vehicle of MLA Brihaspati Singh, forcefully stopped the vehicle, broke its windshield, and abused the security officer, according to reports.
Soon after the incident, the Sarguja police registered a case under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act along with under different sections of the Indian Penal Code. Three individuals have been taken into custody in this connection for further interrogation.
Later in state capital Raipur the Congress MLA, while speaking to media persons, claimed that Singh Deo was not quite happy over his recent praising statements about Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. Several other Congress MLAs were also at the press briefing. Brihaspati Singh recalled that “recently, during a press conference, he had said, there is no rotational arrangement for the post of chief minister in the state and Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has been doing a commendable job. If Baghel continues with his performance he would remain the Chief Minister for the coming 25 years.” Meanwhile yesterday Congress state in-charge PL Punia mediated and claimed to have settled the issue once and for all.
However the latest gesture of Singh Deo in the state Assembly, it is quite apparent the issue is not over yet.