State Congress president Subhash Yadav is optimistic that his party is all set to return to power in the next Assembly elections. His optimism stems from ‘misrule’ of the BJP Government in the State.
How do you view one year of Shivraj Government?
A year of misrule. Whatever the Chief Minister might claim, the ground reality is that this government has miserably failed
to keep the election promises the BJP had made in its manifesto in 2003 election.
It promised a clean government but we are seeing corruption in its worst form in the administration. Many ministers, MPs and MLAs are facing allegations of corruption. The Chief Minister has paid only lip service to cleansing the system. He gave a clean chit to those involved in various scams of several crores like Simhastha-2004, petrochemical, roads, social security pension.
Don’t you see better roads and more power than the days of Congress rule ?
The State Government claims to have constructed over 20,000 km of roads at a cost of Rs 2,140 crore. I want to know from the Chief Minister if the entire cost was borne by the BJP Government ? He should also clarify if his government has spent this amount in addition to Rs 2,200 crore sanctioned in the previous Congress Government.
Moreover, is it not true that almost half of the roads costing Rs 1,100 crore were washed away in the rains this year? Does it not point to massive corruption in road construction?
As far as power situation is concerned, let me make it clear that addition in power is due to the projects envisaged and started during the Congress Government.
How do you seethe law and order situation?
The figures speak for themselves. In the first six months of Shivraj Singh’s tenure the State saw 1,551 rape cases, 1,195 murders, 1,200 attempt to murder cases and 493 kidnappings.
What to say of the common man, even the kin of BJP leaders were killed. Cooperative Minister Gopal Bhargava’s kin Rajendra was murdered in Sagar, BJP leader Jagdish Verma and his wife were killed in Indore, BJP corporator Gwalior S S Yadav was killed in Gwalior, Bajrang Dal leader Vineet Thakur and nephew of School Education Minister Paras Jain were also put to death. And the most shameful for the BJP was the murder of its MLA from Pandhana Kishorilal Verma.
The saffron outfits have taken law into their own hands. Professor Sabharwal incident in Ujjain was a glaring example.
But the Congress has failed to raise the issues effectively. Has Congress not proved to be an ineffective Opposition, divided into various groups?
The Congress has always raised issues of public interest inside and outside the State Assembly and will continue to corner the government on all fora.