All India Congress Committee general secretary Digvijaya Singh launched a scathing attack on MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday, and proclaimed the ouster of the saffron government in the 2018 assembly elections.
In a series of tweets, the senior Congress leader levelled charges of corruption against the chief minister, his family, ministers, middlemen and contractors and said the BJP’s committed leaders were suffering.
Digvijaya also posted a cartoon which shows the chief minister being lifted by policemen, a take-off on a recent controversy over two home guard jawans carrying Chouhan across a flooded nullah in Panna district.
“MP Sarkar MP ke IAS/IPS ke kandhon par baith kar chal rahi hai. Behatreen kamaai aur management ho raha hai (MP government is running on the crutches of MP’s IAS/IPS officers. There is huge earnings and management,” Singh said.
He said Chouhan and his advisors thought they didn’t need to think of the people as elections would be won with “money management”. But the people of Madhya Pradesh were innocent but not fool and dishonest and they will teach a lesson to the BJP in 2018, he said.
The former CM saw an opportunity in two BJP leaders’ recent outburst against their own government, to take a dig at Chouhan and the BJP.
On September 3, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya had criticised Chouhan government for the slow pace of metro train project in Indore. However, later he deleted the tweet and posted another comment targetting government officials for the same. He said the project was going on a bullock-cart speed as officers’ personal interest was not served.
Another BJP leader Prakash Mirchandani, said to be close to Vijayvargiya, also blamed the party and the government for rewarding those who were not committed to the party ideology and flattered the party leaders.
Mirchandani’s statement on his Facebook page came after he was ignored for a post in the state BJP executive. Earlier, he was one of the BJP spokespersons.
Though Mirchandani deleted the post, the party suspended him from primary membership on Monday.
State BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said, “The BJP and the government didn’t need any certificate from Digvijaya who himself had said ahead of 2003 assembly elections that elections were won through management. But people rejected him and dumped him.”