CONGRESS MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday lambasted the State’s BJP Government and asked the people to be wary of the “communal forces that demolished Babri Masjid”.
Incidentally, the rally in former chief minister Digvijay Singh’s Raghogarh constituency coincided with 14th anniversary of the Babri demolition.
Although political observers saw the rally as a showdown between Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijay Singh, the Guna MP told newsmen before the rally that he respected the former chief minister as a senior Congress leader and was prepared to seek advice from him.
Earlier, Digvijay Singh had addressed two rallies in Bhind and Morena last month, fueling speculation about rivalry between the two leaders.
Massive mobilisation by Scindia supporters preceded the farmers’ rally in Aron, 35 km from Guna headquarters.
Participants in the rally reaffirmed their faith in Scindia’s leadership and resolved to dislodge ‘inefficient, corrupt and anti-farmer’ BJP government.
The Krishi Upaj Mandi ground was packed to the capacity with turbaned farmers, women and children eagerly waiting to for a glimpse of Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Slogans rented the air and the atmosphere was electrifying as soon as Scindia arrived at the venue.
This assembly segment together with Guna district headquarter and roadside villages like Bajaranggarh and Berkheda was decorated to welcome Scindia. Nearly 500 four-wheelers took part in the rally.
Addressing about 30,000 people, Scindia alleged that the relief package and concessions offered by the Union Government have not reached the victims of natural calamities in the State.
The BJP had made “bijli, sadak and pani” the main issues during the last Assembly election in 2003 but nothing has changed since, he added. While 85 per cent population was dependent on agriculture, basic input such as fertilisers, irrigation, electricity and kerosene etc were scarce, he charged.
Scindia charged the State Government with fleecing farmers on electricity bills and lodging them in jails. BJP ministers were indulging in corrupt practices and were least concerned about welfare of public. Incidents of loot, murder, dacoity and atrocities on women were on the rise.
On the other hand the State Government was shy of taking Central help to control dacoity menace, he added.
Scindia lauded the policies of UPA government and recounted his meetings with Sonia Gandhi, PM Dr Manmohan Singh, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and others on development of the State and this region in particular.
He reiterated commitment to help people of the region in bad times. The Congress and the Scindia family always stood for secularism, national integration and harmony.
The Aaron rally was just a beginning and many more would be organised to mobilise party workers, he added.
Prominent among those present at the rally included former ministers Mahendra Singh Kalukheda, Balendu Shukla, Pooran Singh Bedia, Shivnarayan Meena, Sobaran Singh Mavai, Satyadeo Katare, MLAs Govind Singh Rajput, Ummed Singh (Bana), Ghanshyam Singh, Ramesh Agrawal, Lakhan Singh and Barelal Jatav, Guna district Congress president Mool Singh, Ashok Sharma, Praduman Singh Tomar and Devendra Singh Tomar.