With just two days left for campaigning in the crucial by-election for the Maihar assembly seat, both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress on Tuesday drafted their top state leaders to seek votes.
Maihar is witnessing a triangular contest with the BJP’s Narayan Tripathi, Congress’ Manish Patel and the BSP’s Ramlakhan Singh Patel in the fray.
The by-election will be held on February 13.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who addressed half a dozen public meetings in the constituency, avoided taking the usual line during by-election, where he told voters that the candidate does not matter and by voting for the BJP they are voting for the CM.
Cong rule in MP was synonymous with shortage of electricity, water and bad roads: CM
Addressing a meeting at Tilora Nadan, the chief minister highlighted about the development projects his government had taken up in the state over the past 12 years.
Chouhan said elections are a regular process but the outcome determines whether an area chooses the right candidate for development.
He said the Congress rule in the state was synonymous with shortage of electricity, water and bad roads.
“My government has built more than 90,000 km of roads, ensured villages have 24 hour electricity and more areas have been brought under irrigation,” he said.
“The work done in power and irrigation sectors has contributed to 24% agricultural growth in the state.”
Digvijaya attacks govt for not delivering on the promises made to farmers
Senior Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh also held four public meetings in Maihar.
Addressing meetings at Jugeh, Berma and in Maihar town, Singh attacked the state government for not delivering on the promises made to farmers.