AICC GENERAL secretary Digvijay Singh said here on Monday that the Pradesh Congress Committee’s ‘silence’ on crucial issues had forced him to take to the field against the BJP regime.
“The Congress should have initiated a mass movement to protest the government’s policies. As this didn’t happen, I started holding meetings across the State to mobilise public opinion,” said the former chief minister during an informal chat with mediapersons at Residency Kothi.
In response to a question, Digvijay clarified that he had no quarrel with Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia. “I’ve served as an MLA, MP, Chief Minister and PCC chief so there’s no question of my being involved in any dispute with anyone over either post or prestige,” declared the Congressman en route to Ujjain for a Kisan Rally organised by Alot MLA Premchand Guddu.
“It wouldn’t be correct to speculate. The matter will be decided by the party leadership in association with elected representatives,” said Singh when asked which caste the next chief minister should belong to.
Lambasting the BJP Government for failing to maintain law and order, the AICC general secretary said people with even most tenuous links to the ruling party were forgiven the most serious crimes. “Saat khoon maaf hain,” (They can get away even with murder), thundered the Congressman.
Referring to Minister of State for Water Resources Minister Jugal Kishor Bagri being chargesheeted by the Lokayukta, Digvijay said corruption was taking place right under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s nose. “But he can’t see it.”
Today every contract is awarded to those with links to the ruling party. As a result genuine contractors are moving out, leading to a decline in the quality of work. The State, which stood first in the Pradhan Mantri Sadak Nirman Yojana from 2002 to 2004, has today dropped to fourth place, he added.
The AICC general secretary concluded by charging the BJP with claiming credit for development schemes initiated by his government.