CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan refused to be dragged into the controversy over whose money was being used for the development of the State – the Centre’s or the State’s own coffers. Answering mediapersons’ queries at the Indore airport on Friday, Chouhan said that he was not bothered whose money it was, his sole aim was development of the State and he believed in the politics of development.
Recently, Congress leaders including Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kantilal Bhuria had alleged that the JNNRUM project in Indore (which was inaugurated by Advani on Friday) was a Central Government funded project, but the State Government was pretending as if it was their own project.
Taking a dig at the Congress for raking up the issue, he said that the Congress leaders were fighting a battle for their own survival and therefore making such allegations. On the urea crisis, Chouhan put the blame at the Centre’s door. He maintained that the State Government had demanded 8 lakh metric tonne of urea from the Centre, and the latter had delayed in supplying the same that led to the crisis. “We have pursued the matter with the Centre and now things have normalised,” he said.
The Congress has consistently blamed the State Government for the crisis and at a dharna staged in Indore on Thursday, the Congress leaders had alleged that disbanding the cooperatives and black-marketing by middlemen appointed by BJP Government to distribute the urea.
He also dismissed the Congress allegation that his government had deliberately changed the name of Rajiv Gandhi Education Mission and said that they were acting on the Centre’s notification that from now on all education missions should be conducted under the umbrella of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan. “If the Congress wants, we can show them the notification.”
Commenting on the recent discovery of over 150 slaughtered cows in a pit in Mandsaur, Chouhan said it was an effort to incite communal hatred between two communities and said the guilty would not be spared. He informed that 23 accused have already been arrested in that connection. On likely expansion of the Cabinet, he refused to comment.