IN AN impressive show of strength, the district Congress organised a dharna at the Gandhi Hall against the failure of the BJP Government to provide urea and power to the farmers. The agitation was led by Congress leader Ajay Singh and Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kantilal Bhuria.
Hundreds of Congressmen, many from rural areas, congregated at the Gandhi Hall grounds from 11 am and listened patiently till 4 pm as leader after leader highlighted the failure of the government in fulfilling its poll promises and gave a clarion call to the Congressmen to prepare for the next elections to throw out the BJP regime.
Ajay Singh reminded Congress faithfuls that BJP had come to power on the promise that they would remove ‘Bhay (fear), Bhook (hunger) and Bhrashtachar (corruption)’ if they were given a chance. ‘‘The people of the State gave them their chance. However, instead of removing ‘Bhay’ the BJP has created terror in the minds of the people by murdering Prof Sabharwal in Ujjain.
The members of saffron brigade believed in holding gherao at police stations at the drop of the hat while some of their leaders believed in slapping police inspectors (incident outside Bhopal airport during Advani’s visit).’’
So far as removing hunger went, the BJP had failed to provide power and urea to the farmers at a time when, thanks to bountiful rainfall last year, there was enough water. Ajay said that less said about corruption the better. “BJP leaders who used to ride motorcycles are now going around in Scorpio cars, and all this money is coming from siphoning off crores of rupees from funds given by Centre on various heads.”
Referring to the prevalent power crisis in the State, Ajay Singh said that Uma Bharti had promised that she would solve it within 100 days, then Babulal Gaur said it would take a year, and now there is Shivraj Singh Chouhan, but even now the problem persists. He said unlike the BJP, Congress did what it promised, and added that the power crisis in the State would only be solved when the Congress came to power.
He said BJP’s time was up and it was time for Congressmen to unite and expose the corrupt BJP rule and the party’s failure
on various fronts.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kantilal Bhuria said that shortfall in supply of urea was mainly due to corruption and failure of the State Government to ensure proper distribution.
“Earlier urea used to be distributed through the cooperatives, but the BJP Government disbanded them and instead they appointed a large number of dealers who are now indulging in black marketing.” He pointed out that the Centre had released whatever urea the State had asked for and it was wrong to blame it for the urea crisis.
Bhuria urged the State and Central leaders of the Congress to unite and continue this tempo to throw out the BJP in the next elections. He said Congressmen should inform the people that most of the development work in the State was due to money given by the Centre, as the State Government was trying to project that it was their effort that was resulting in the development.
Among others, MLA Antar Singh Darbar, MLA Ashwin Joshi, Radhakishan Malviya, Satyanarayan Patel, Tulsi Silawat, Shobha Oza, Kripa Shankar Shukla, Ramlal Yadav, Lalit Jain and Pramod Tandon spoke on the occasion.
Later, the Congress leaders led by Ajay Singh handed over a memorandum to Commissioner highlighting the failure of the State Government.