MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone and inaugurated nearly 10 civic infrastructure development projects worth crores during his four-hour stay in Indore on Saturday.
This included laying foundation stone for Sanvad Nagar bridge worth Rs 8.50 crore, flagging off AICTSL Indore-Khandwa, Indore-Burhanpur bus service and inaugurating Gangaur Ghat bridge, whose construction took seven years to complete.
Saturday’s move is being seen as an electoral step to drum up voter-support for forthcoming civic polls. It was evident as CM in his speeches reiterated that every effort will be made for further development of Indore, his dream city. “It is already one of top 10 cities in India,” he remarked.
State urban development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya, who is from Indore, said funds would not be a problem as state budget for urban development has been increased from Rs 600 crore to Rs 6,000 crore.
Though BJP won assembly and LS polls with ease in Indore district, Indore mayor and senior BJP leader Krishna Murari Moghe had been under scathing attack for performing poorly.
A month before Diwali, local party MLAs complained against Moghe to MP and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. An annoyed Moghe threatened to resign but calmed down after the chief minister intervened.
Though the drama ended in less than two days, it raised a question. Can BJP win the forthcoming municipal elections on the basis of what the saffron party-led IMC accomplished in last five years? Or does BJP, which has ruled civic body in last 15 years, still need Modi magic to get votes?
The mention of Chouhan in its publicity material is understandable given the fact state government has funded several of civic infrastructure schemes.
But Modi, who led BJP to thumping victory in 2014 elections and has won accolades from world leaders for his pro-development policies, is mentioned prominently in booklets, pamphlets which the state and local BJP unit has been distributing among media persons and voters in view of civic polls.
Replying to a query whether BJP will need Modi to get votes in civic polls, city BJP president Kailash Sharma said Modi’s photos appearing in local poll material is natural as he is party’s national leader.
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