LAMBASTING THE State Government for failing to live up to its promises, Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday said that it was ludicrous to expect ‘the party of Gandhi’s killers’ to map out a proper blueprint for social or economic development.
He was addressing a Kissan Panch-Sarpanch Sammelan at Amjhera village in Dhar district after unveiling a statue of Bakhtawar Singh on the 150th anniversary of his martyrdom. Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela was present as special guest at the event that also witnessed attendance by hockey Olympian and former MP Aslam Sher Khan and former Minister Hazarilal Raghuvanshi. The meet was convened by Dattigaon MLA Rajvardhan Singh.
In his speech the Guna MP said that the Scindias’ relations with the people of Dhar were not political but familial. “There may have been times when we couldn’t be present on happy occasions but my family has always shared your moments of grief”, Scindia said to a loud applause.
The present moment, he added, was one of grief with the BJP government having failed to meet even the most basic needs of the rural people. “That’s why I’m here urging you to overthrow this corrupt and inefficient regime”, he added.
Union Textile Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela termed the BJP a two-faced party. “Nobody knows the BJP better than me. Believe me. Unke mooh main Ram aur bagal main chhuri hai (The BJP’s words don’t match it’s deeds)”.
He said Gujarat served as a perfect example of the saffron party’s misrule. “Instead of catering to the basic needs of the masses, the government there has spent Rs 25,000 crore on advertisements to woo investors”.
Olympian Aslam Sher Khan said that both Dalits and Muslims contributed in no small measure to the nation’s growth, but their achievements were relegated to sidelines by the BJP.
City Congress chief Pramod Tandon and former MLA Tulsi Silawat were among those present on the occasion. Earlier, addressing media persons after arriving in Indore, the Guna MP declared that Congressmen from “gali to Dilli” stood unified in their desire to root out the leaderless BJP government.
Scindia also brushed aside reports that factionalism could hurt the party’s cause. Each worker may have a favourite leader but in the final analysis the Congress is one. And it is this unity that will help us unseat the ruling party, he asserted.
The charismatic MP declared that his party had sounded a clarion call against the BJP in the State. “Today’s Sammelan will be followed by similar programmes all over the State including one in Panna on February 17 and another in Chhatarpur five days later.