Giving a clarion call to root out BJP from Madhya Pradesh in the forthcoming assembly elections, Congress party launched a scathing attack on chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet ministers at a public rally held here on Thursday.
Congress leaders including All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijaya Singh and Union minister of state for power Jyotiraditya Scindia blamed the BJP-led state government for stripping MP of its mining resources and turning it into a capital of crime, malnutrition and corruption.
“I feel proud to stand on this sacred land which has given leaders like Jamuna Devi who fought for tribals and for common people.
We want leaders like her and not like fake BJP leaders,” Scindia told a gathering of over 30,000 people at Krashi Upaj Mandi. He cited examples of Jobat irrigation and other welfare projects which Congress launched in Dhar district during its regime.
“On the other hand, Chouhan announced 3,000 welfare schemes for Dhar district but none turned into reality,” he said as he cited example of setting up a technical education centre and 160-bed hospital in Kukshi which didn’t fructify.
Scindia also talked about illegal mining which flourished under the BJP regime. Lashing out at BJP’s fake claim of supplying 24-hour electricity, he said his ministry at the behest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president Sonia Gandhi sanctioned electrification projects worth Rs. 2,800 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme in 52 districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Digvijay expressed sympathy for old leaders who built Jan Sangh and BJP but the latter dumped them.
“It pains me to see their state. It also pains me that BJP activists of 20 to 25 years use abusive language. Is this the training RSS and BJP gave to them? They pelted stones at our cars when we were passing through Kukshi on August 30.
They used abusive words,” he said. “We got new window glasses fitted in our cars. They cost us Rs. 80,000. Ranjana Baghel (Manavar MLA in Dhar district) who is earning crores should pay for our car window glasses,” he added.
Clarifying his stand, Singh said he never called Hindus or Muslims as terrorists.
“But I want to ask RSS why is it so that all Hindu terrorists are Sanghis?” he remarked.
He also said that patwaris charge up to Rs. 20,000 for mutation in land records while tehsildar charges Rs. 5,000 for issuing BPL cards.
Others who addressed the public rally included leader of opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh, MP Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria, All India Women Congress president Shobha Oza and state election management committee head Arun Yadav.