The Rajasthan Congress on Saturday criticised the BJP government’s one year in office, claiming that the ruling party did nothing worthy to celebrate the day.
The opposition Congress staged a sit-in at Badi Chaupar to highlight the Vasundhara Raje government’s “misgovernance, misuse of power and failure to ensure better law and order in the state”.
“Even chief minister Vasundhara Raje admitted that the government worked only for 150 days and hence they couldn’t fulfill people’s expectations,” state Congress president Sachin Pilot.
“There has been an increase in crime cases; incidents of rapes, atrocities against women are on the rise. The BJP has failed to keep its promises of providing 15 lakh jobs. People are working on contract basis on minimum salary,” Pilot said.
All India Congress Committee secretary and state in-charge Mirza Ismail Baig said the people have lost their hope on the government. Congress vice-president and media chairperson Archana Sharma, vice-president Rajiv Arora, general secretary Mahir Azad, spokesperson Pratap Singh Khachariawas and others were present on the occasion.
In his home town of Jodhpur, former chief minister Ashok Gehlot lashed out at the state government, accusing it of inaction during its first year in office.
“Raje is now taking shield of model code of conduct and shortage of time to hide the government’s failure,” he said, adding that ‘shameless’ BJP was celebrating the anniversary by misusing government machinery.
In Kota, a divided Congress organised a sit-in at the collectorate. Congress’ Naimuddin Guddu, who came to the rally lately, blamed party leader Pankaj Mehta for not informing him about the exact time of departure of the rally in the morning.
A faction of Congress leaders, led by Kranti Tiwari, carried out a separate rally to the collectorate. However, senior leaders, including former minister Shanti Dhariwal and former MP Ijyraj Singh, skipped the rally.
Similar sit-ins were oraginsed at Bhilwara, Bharatpur and other parts of the state.
Forcibly open flyover
In Alwar, while observing a sit-in, Congress workers, led by former Union minister Jitendra Singh, forcibly opened NEB flyover to the public.
The construction of flyover, initiated during the previous Congress government at a cost of `33 crore, was complete two months ago and was supposed to be inaugurated by a renowned person.
Congress workers removed stones put to stop public from entering the overbridge. Singh crossed the bridge on a scooter, followed by other leaders and public. Congress leaders Zuber Khan, Karan Singh, MLA Shakuntla Rawat and others were present during the protest.
When Congress workers left the place, police came in large number and again put the barricades. Sub-divisonal magistrate Rajesh Goyal said the bridge has not yet been formally inaugurated.