FORMER STATE assembly speaker and veteran Congress leader Sriniwas Tiwari’s 81st birthday was celebrated here on Sunday as ‘Kranti Parva’. On the occasion Tiwari, former chief minister Digvijay Singh, and Congress secretary Arun Kumar called upon the party cadres to oust the BJP government for its failure on all fronts.
Thousands of Tiwari’s supporters cheered, burst cracker and some even fired in the air when profusely garlanded ‘White Lion’ entered the TRS College Ground in a chariot to address a party’s meeting organised to blow trumpet against the BJP government.
On way to the College Ground his chariot passed through the major thoroughfares of the City and people mobbed to get a glance of Tiwari. Despite the downpour, Tiwari’s supporters didn’t leave the jam-packed ground.
Tiwari called upon party men to take to the streets and unseat the BJP state government that, he said, had come to power by making false promises. He said the BJP had promised that it would solve power crisis in MP in 90 days. But the duration of power cuts had increased to 22 hours a day. To add insult to injury the people were being supplied inflated power bills, he said.
Tiwari said that lawlessness was prevailing in MP and the killing of Professor Sabharwal in Ujjain last month bear testimony to it. He said that the crime against women had increased manifold.
He urged the Congressmen to draw inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi who launched quit India Movement against the British Raj and succeeded. He asked them to not wait for the election, but launch a Satyagraha to throw the BJP out of office as soon as possible. He said the BJP was trying to communalize the state government employees by permitting them to join the RSS shakas.
In his address, Digvijay Singh called upon the party cadres to work for unseating the BJP government. He said the Centre was giving huge amounts to the State , but the latter wasn’t using it judiciously.
Former Minister of State Sayeed Ahmed and MLA Rajendra Singh also urged the party to work hard to overthrow the BJP state government.