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Five decades after Indira’s ‘Garibi hatao’ slogan MP CM rehashes it for election campaign

Former PM late Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi hatao’ slogan finds echo in MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s speeches during his ongoing Jan Ashirvad Yatra, paraphrased as ‘Mujhe garibi hatana hai’

bhopal Updated: Aug 05, 2018 20:53 IST
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
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Chief minister Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s campaign Rath for ensuing state assembly elections (HT Photo)


Former Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi hatao’ slogan raised first during 1971 general elections finds echo in Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s speeches during his ongoing Jan Ashirvad Yatra, paraphrased as ‘Mujhe garibi hatana hai’ and aimed at wooing voters for the BJP’s consecutive fourth term in power in Madhya Pradesh.

Chouhan’s apparent thrust to woo voters, while repeatedly calling youths his ‘Bhanja and Bhanji’, himself as their ‘Mama’ and women his sisters, is on poverty alleviation while being highly critical of late Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi hatao’ slogan, which, he says, removed the poor instead of poverty.

Chouhan has covered about 50 assembly constituencies so far out of the total 230 having set out on his third Jan Ashirvad Yatra from Mahakal temple at Ujjain on July 14. The assembly elections are due to be held in November.

Trying to woo voters through freebies Chouhan doesn’t forget in the same breath to remind people of ‘Digvijaya Singh era’s darkness and backwardness in the state’ for obvious reasons.

Addressing public meetings at Amarpur, Barhi, Vijayraghavgarh, Barwara, Majhgawan, Juhla-Juhli and Katni in four assembly constituencies- Manpur, Vijayraghavgarh, Barwara and Murwara a few days back Chouhan asked voters if one got ration at cheap rates, a piece of land, a pucca house, electricity at cheap rates, free education to children, free medical treatment, assistance to women before and after delivery, money on any member’s death and money for cremation then will there be any poverty?

He further said, “Mujhe garibi hatana hai. Mujhe kisi aankh me aansu nahi rahne dena hai. Mujhe har chehre par muskrahat lana hai. (I will eradicate poverty. I will ensure there is no tear in any eye and there is smile on every face).”

State Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chatruvedi said, “Jan Ashirvad Yatra is a flop show and the CM should take out a ‘Kshama mango yatra’ for seeking forgiveness from people for not doing anything for development of the state.”

Jan Ashirvad Yatra state coordinator Vijesh Lunawat said, “ Huge crowd en route yatra and in public meetings are a glaring example of the CM’s popularity. On the contrary, Congress state president’s arrogance made him to say he would not seek blessings from people but the latter would come forward to give him blessings.”

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 20:53 IST