JYOTIRADITYA SCINDIA on Friday espoused the cause of farmers in the State and said that the State cannot progress unless their problems were addressed.
Addressing a mammoth rally at Datia, termed one of the biggest ever held by any political party here, the Congress MP criticised the State government for ‘fleecing farmers’ on electricity bills and lodging them in jails. He said the Congress would continue its efforts to provide the common man his due.
The Guna MP, who reached the venue three hours behind the schedule due to late running of Shatabdi Express, was lustily cheered by the gathering. He was accompanied by AICC general secretary V Narayansami, party spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi, MPCC chief Subhash Yadav and other party leaders. The convoy of Congress leaders was accorded a rousing welcome on the Jhansi-Datia route.
Scindia dwelt on the woes of marginalised farmers, their plight due to shortage of fertilizers, lack of irrigation facilities and power problems.
He criticised the government for what he termed deteriorating law and order situation, atrocities on women and sluggish growth in agriculture and industrial sector.
He spoke about the implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyut Yojna in two districts of his parliamentary constituency and announced that Datia too would soon get some schemes. He said he would persuade union ministers to include Datia under the rural employment guarantee scheme and make efforts for opening a Kendriya Vidyalaya as desired by local MLA Ghanshyam Singh.
Scindia pledged to complete the unfinished tasks of his father late Madhavrao Scindia and leave no stone unturned to integrate the region with the national mainstream.
Such was the enthusiasm at the venue that the people broke barricades to inch closer to their leader and the jam-packed stadium went into a frenzy as he spoke.
Narayansami attacked the State Government, saying that it has failed on all fronts. Welfare schemes were yet to reach the people of the area, he alleged.
Chaturvedi predicted early fall of the BJP government, saying non-Congress governments had never lasted its full term. He urged Scindia to lead the fight and assured all help to party men.
MPCC chief Subhash Yadav, in an apparent reference to the remarks of former chief minister Digvijay Singh recently that he was no longer interested in returning to State politics, said party leaders should refrain from making ‘unethical’ comments.
Later talking to newsmen, Scindia reiterated his respect for all senior leaders in the party but said Singh should directly interact for whatever differences of opinion he had. Narayansami said all differences would be resolved and the party was always united.
Digvijay to address Kisan sammelan
AS A sequel to his rallies in Chambal region, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Digvijay Singh will address a Kisan Sammelan at Shyopur on Saturday. A press release issued by his office in Bhopal said that the Kisan Sammelan at Shyopur is being held to attract the attention of the State Government towards severe fertilizer, seed and power crisis facing the farmers in the State. A number of other prominent Congress leaders are also likely to attend the Sammelan.