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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Bhopal, September 12, 2013
If Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister, all sections of society would be benefitted, said Union minister of state for power (independent charge) Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday.

Scindia was asked by reporters if Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi should be declared the PM candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

“It is up to the party and Rahul Gandhi himself to take the decision. But I believe and hope that if he leads the country, it will benefit every citizen, every class and every section of the country because, unlike others, he thinks about the country and the poor, not about his own interests,” he said at a press conference here.

Attacking the ruling BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, Scindia said under the Congress government in 2003, rural areas used to get nine hours of power supply which had now been reduced to six hours. He said in the past 10 years a whole generation had grown up but the state still lagged behind in power and infrastructure.

“The Congress decentralised power, but the BJP has only decentralised corruption in the state,” said Scindia.

He denied that there was factionalism within the Congress and said all party workers were united.

Scindia refuted BJP’s allegation that Congress had done injustice to state party unit president Kantilal Bhuria, who is a tribal, by appointing Scindia as Madhya Pradesh’s election campaign committee chief.

He said BJP was trying to create a rift between him and Bhuria, but it would not succeed. He said BJP believed in “divisive politics, unlike Congress which always unites people.”

Scindia even listed the names of several tribal leaders who were given important posts in government and positions in the party.

Scindia said he would continue to expose the failures of the BJP government in the state, but his values did not allow him to attack individuals.

However, he said if the BJP attacked individual leaders of the Congress, he would give a befitting reply.

Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are to be held by the end of this year.