Senior Congress leader Laxman Singh and BJP MLA from Chachoda in Guna Mamta Meena have locked horns over the right to use Beenaganj Mandi ground in Guna for their programmes scheduled on Monday.
Laxman Singh, who has been an MP from Rajgarh, got permission from the district administration to use the ground on Monday at 11 am, to protest against price rise, unemployment, inflated power bills, irregularities and corruption in health services and unavailability of seeds on time among others.
On the other hand, Meena gave a call to the party workers to celebrate Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th birthday on Monday.
Singh is angry that the administration backed out from its own order. “I got a written permission from the district administration for the Congress’ dharna on September 16. However, the premises were locked when our truck reached there. This is an absurd situation that administration is not allowing us to hold the programme despite its permission. I have never seen such a government in my 35 years of political career,” he said.
He accused Meena of exerting pressure on the administration to use the ground for celebrating Modi’s birthday that fell on Saturday last. “Her programme is a result of her fear arising from the Congress’ growing popularity and indicates the BJP’s imminent defeat (in the coming elections).”
Meena admitted she has not got any formal permission so far to use the ground, but claimed she got a ‘verbal permission’ from collector Rajesh Jain.
“The permission granted to Laxman Singh is illegal. He got the permission from the SDM concerned who didn’t look into the fact that he couldn’t give such a permission without the consent of Mandi authorities. The Mandi authorities have objected to the permission. Singh lost in the previous election and he is unaware of rules,” Meena told HT over phone.
“The mandi has huge premises. We both can hold our programmes at two different venues and times. He can leave the venue with his followers around 2 pm and then I can start my programme. It will be awkward for me if I am not allowed to use the venue as I have already called the party workers,” she said.