Among other major incidents was the tragic death of 89 people and injuries to nearly 100 when mining explosives stored in a building at a public place went off in Petlawad town in Jhabua district in the state on September 12. The impact of the blasts was so immense that body parts of victims flew off to 100-200 metre.
    
But the one issue that remained in the news throughout the year was the Vyapam scam. It became a national issue with Opposition parties seeking Chief Minister Chouhan's resignation.

The issue got murkier by the day with a number people related to the scam found dead under mysterious circumstances.
    
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who created a record by becoming the first non-Congress Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh to complete 10 years in office on November 29, a feat earlier held by Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh, found himself in the dock over the massive admission and recruitment irregularities in the MP Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known by its Hindi acronym 'Vyapam' or Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal.
    
The year started on a bad note for Chouhan with AAP staging protests demanding that he should vacate one of the two official bungalows he was occupying in the state capital.
    
Later, the Vyapam scam took a bloody turn when the body of Ramendra Singh Bhadoria, a student of government Garja Raja Medical College, Gwalior (GRMCG) and an accused, was found hanging from a ceiling fan at his home at Khanchmil Mohalla on January 8.
    
In the first week of March, beleaguered Ramnaresh Yadav filed a petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court for quashing the FIR against him saying that he enjoys immunity against criminal prosecution by virtue of being the governor.
    
On April 18, Governor Yadav, however, got a reprieve when the high court stayed the FIR against him and asked the prosecuting agency not to take any 'coercive action' against him.
    
Then on May 6, the high court quashed the FIR holding that Yadav enjoyed immunity while in office according to the Constitution.
    
Finally, the Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe into the scam and alleged deaths related to it and also issued notice to the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Government and the Governor Yadav on a plea seeking his removal over his alleged involvement in the scandal, on July 9.
    
Besides, the state was rattled by two train accidents in which at least 25 passengers were killed and many injured on August 5 at Harda district.
    
The BJP tasted defeat in the Ratlam Loy Sabha seat by-poll in November with its candidate Nirmala Bhuria losing to former Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria of Congress by a margin of more than 88,000 votes.
    
The Ratlam by-poll result was a huge setback for Chouhan as he had left no stone unturned to win the seat. He had addressed 52 election meetings and camped for almost one week in the constituency but to no avail.     

In the last major happening in the state, NGOs working for the survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy took out huge rallies and protested on the roads of the state capital on December 2-3 alleging that the Centre and the state government have failed to mitigate the pain of world's worst industrial disaster survivors who are still writhing in pain even after 32 years.

 

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