Bhopal: Raj Babbar criticises Centre for acceding to US demands

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jan 25, 2015 16:38 IST

Congress’ star campaigner for the upcoming Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) poll, film star-turned-politician Raj Babbar on Saturday said that the Narendra Modi-led BJP government has even “mortgaged the skies of the country”.

The former MP was referring to India agreeing to no-fly zone in Delhi during the scheduled visit of US President Barack Obama to India.

Babbar said that India was fully capable of providing security to any visiting dignitary, but the current regime has accepted such provisions from the US air force for security, which is not correct. “Earlier also dignitaries came and were given due security. We are a strong nation that doesn’t bow before anyone. Letting US forces to wield so much influence in India is wrong,” he said.

Babbar said that BJP leaders were good event managers and had promised development, but now the public is realising that the BJP had cheated them with false promises and the party doesn’t have either the policies or the intent to bring about a positive change. “They only know how to stay in headlines,” he added.

Babbar was talking to journalists at the PCC office. He later held a roadshow to campaign in favour of Congress’ mayoral candidate Kailash Mishra. The voting for electing Mayor and 85 corporators for BMC, would take place on January 31.

Why chouhan could not beautify city in 10 years?
Former Union minister Suresh Pachouri on Saturday said that many people are unnecessarily raising the question that how will Congress get funds for development if it wins the civic polls as BJP is at the helm at the Centre as well as in the state.

“The funds are obtained for schemes and projects irrespective of the regimes. Bhopal got huge funds under JNNURM and other schemes when UPA government ruled the country. In fact, funds were also provided for water and other schemes,” he said. Pachouri also trained his guns at chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “Wherever CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan goes to campaign, he promises to turn the particular city into the most beautiful town of the world. But he couldn’t turn Bhopal into the most beautiful town despite being CM for over a decade.”

Pachouri said the CM talks of adopting the place where he goes to campaign, but later he forgets it and the particular area gets neglected.

Congress releases manifesto
The Congress on Saturday released its manifesto for the upcoming Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) election, promising that it would construct half-a-dozen flyovers to ease traffic, ensure round-the-clock water supply all over the city and develop Bhopal an educational hub, if it wins the election.

The party has also said that a swimming pool would be built in every zone, projects would be made for bringing metro and mono rails in Bhopal and the ‘merger controversy’ that is affecting a large number of people in Bairagarh township, would be resolved. PCC chief Arun Yadav released the manifesto at the PCC office in the presence of former MP Raj Babbar and former union minister Suresh Pachouri.

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