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Centre creating hurdles in growth of non-Cong states: Chouhan

india Updated: Jan 01, 2010 19:39 IST

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday accused the Centre of bias in disbursement of special development packages in the Opposition-ruled states.

"The UPA Government is creating hurdles in the progress of states not ruled by the Congress and its allies. If such an approach by the Centre continues, we will be forced to take to the streets and agitate," Chouhan told PTI.

The CM and his family earlier visited the temple town of Shirdi, near here in Ahmednagar district, to offer prayers at the shrine of the 20th century saint Sai Baba on New Year.

The BJP leader said though the budgeted Central funds come on time, the Centre drags its feet on special packages. "My government had sought Rs 24,000 crore for development of Bundelkhand. But, the Centre is dilly-dallying on the issue."

On the compulsory voting legislation passed by BJP-ruled Gujarat, Chouhan avoided a direct reply and said efforts should be made to educate the electorate.

"I agree that efforts need to be taken to create awareness about the need of voting among the electorate. Madhya Pradesh has a good record as far as voter turnout is concerned. The recent local self-government body polls recorded 80 per cent turnout, while in the Assembly election it was 70 per cent. Voter apathy could be seen only in Lok Sabha polls," he said.