In a bid to defend Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on the Vyapam scam, Defence Minster Manohar Parrikar stated that there was no need for the CM to quit over the scandal.
Justifying his statement, the Minister for Defence argued against the need for resignation, on the ground that, the state government has accepted the demand for an independent probe into the case.
“Madhya Pradesh government has accepted all the demands for an independent and fair probe and merely on the basis of statements (demanding resignation), the Chief Minister cannot resign,” Parrikar said.
Suggesting that it was better to wait for the CBI’s report on the case, rather than pressing for Chouhan’s resignation, he added that if the Opposition’s demand for the same is conceded so easily, no CM or a minister would remain in power, anywhere across the country.
These remarks were made by Parrikar in Gwalior, MP, where he had arrived to attend a function at Maharajpur Air Base to induct Akash Missile System into the Air Force.
Questioned on Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Asif’s recent threat remarks to India, Parrikar assured, “We are in full preparedness”.