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Take revenge on BJP in ’18: Scindia to voters

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia launched a blistering attack on Thursday on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for its “failure” to address the problems confronting the farmers.

bhopal Updated: Oct 14, 2016 10:43 IST
Jyotiraditya Scindia addressing 'Jan Akrosh Rally' at Bhind on Thursday.
Jyotiraditya Scindia addressing 'Jan Akrosh Rally' at Bhind on Thursday. (PTI)

Senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia launched a blistering attack on Thursday on the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for its “failure” to address the problems confronting the farmers.

Scindia’s “kisan jan aakrosh rally” in this once dacoit-affected area turned into a massive show of strength as the former union minister gave a clarion call to oust the BJP in the 2018 assembly elections in the state. The BJP is ruling Madhya Pradesh for the past 13 consecutive years.

“We have to take revenge for all the misdeeds of this BJP government in two years from now,” the Guna Lok Sabha MP told the gathering. “Let’s all get ready for that.”

Congress workers were upbeat to see the overwhelming public response to Scindia’s road show from Gwalior to Bhind as it took him seven hours to cover a distance of 75 km.

The slogans of “Abhi to angdai hai, aage aur ladai hai (This is just the beginning, the final battle is still ahead)” reverberated the Rajiv Gandhi sports complex in Bhind.

The BJP government is facing political flak over allegations of corruption, price rise, farmers’ suicides and inadequate compensation to drought-hit and hailstorm-affected farmers.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in particular has been at the receiving end over his handling of the Vyapam scam. The CBI is probing the multi-layered and multi-crore examination-cum-recruitment scandal, in which at least 48 people have died so far.

Scindia, who is the Congress’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha, has been touring the state’s Gwalior-Chambal division, comprising Ashok Nagar, Datia, Guna, Gwalior, Shivpuri, Bhind, Morena and Sheopur districts, for the past 18 days.

“Kisan behaal, BJP neta malamaal (Farmers are in distress while BJP leaders are getting richer),” Scindia attacked the Chouhan government.

He was equally unsparing on the Modi government, saying it has failed to pay the minimum support price (MSP) to the farmers who are unable to repay their loans and committing suicides in large numbers across the state.

The Congress leader said the country’s agriculture growth rate was 4.5% during the UPA rule but under the NDA government it has come down to just 1%.