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Congress stages a show of strength

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 02:01 IST
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THE CONGRESS on Wednesday put up a show of strength by staging a Kisan Rally in Rau and censuring the BJP-led State Government for what they called ‘deteriorating law and order situation and failure to provide basic amenities to the people’.

Youth Congress national president Ashok Tanwar, while speaking at the Kisan Rally organised by the wing’s district president Jeetu Patwari, labelled the State Government as a failure, as it had reneged on its election promises and failed on the development front despite three years in power. ‘‘The BJP has betrayed the trust of the people who
voted them to power with

an overwhelming majority and despite having a free hand in functioning failed miserably in winning hearts of the populace and translating their words into deeds.’’

He said that crime and corruption have touched an all-time high and the State has been unable to implement various Central schemes for public welfare. He asked the public to keep tabs on the crores released in funds by the Centre the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). He exhorted the youths to become more aware about their rights and make judicious use of empowering tools like Right to Information Act (RTI).

State Congress president Subhash Yadav said that not only were the problems of road-electricity-water still prevalent, but the law and order situation had also taken a turn for the worse with the complicity of the government and its functionaries in several incidents including Professor Sabharwal’s murder in Ujjain.

Talking about the objective of the rally and dharna, Jeetu Patwari said that the condition of farmers was going from bad to worse, as they were still subject to the vagaries of nature and face exploitation from all quarters including being provided spurious seed and receiving nothing for their hard work as their produce is bought by traders at low cost.

Former State Congress president Radhakishan Malviya, Mahila Congress leader Shobha Oza, some MLAs were among those who addressed the demonstration cum Kisan Sammelan.