Madhya Pradesh long used to being ruled by feudal forces, says Amit Shah

In a veiled attack on senior Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said Madhya Pradesh was long used to being ruled by "raje-rajwade" (feudal elements).

bhopal Updated: May 10, 2015 22:06 IST
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Hindustan Times
Amit Shah,Shivraj Singh Chouhan,Vinay Sahasrabuddhe

In a veiled attack on senior Congress leader and former chief minister Digvijaya Singh on Sunday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah said Madhya Pradesh was long used to being ruled by "raje-rajwade" (feudal elements).

"They cannot accept the fact that a common man has now become chief minister," he said, in reference to the recent attacks by the Congress leader on BJP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Digvijaya Singh had earlier accused the chief minister of being involved in the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam (MPPEB).

The multi-crore scam relates to the irregularities in the selection and appointments to the PEB in the state.

Inside an air-conditioned tent pitched at the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited Dussehra Maidan on Sunday for the Sushasan Sankalp Sammelan, Shah also refuted allegations that the BJP government at the Centre was working for corporates by listing the amount collected by way of coal blocks and spectrum auctions, which he claimed, was not released during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

Following the coal scam, the Supreme Court had cancelled 204 coal allocations made during the UPA regime between 2004 and 2011 and ordered that the government conduct fresh auctions for the coal blocks.

He said the UPA government witnessed a series of scams whereas the 11-months-old Narendra Modi government had not been linked to any wrongdoing.

During the sammelan, he exhorted panchayats and urban bodies in the state to deliver on the expectations of the people.

He told the office-bearers of urban bodies and panchayats that the BJP was in power in the state due to the hard work and sacrifices made by party workers.

He said the MP unit of the party had had a number of tall leaders who had worked hard for the party.

"This is a fortunate phase when the party in winning everywhere. There was a time when even if candidates managed to save their election deposit, they would celebrate, let alone win," he told the delegates.

The party has been on a winning streak since last year's Lok Sabha elections.

After the resounding victory in the general elections, it went on to win the Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa and Jharkhand assembly elections in the country.

Shah also praised the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state for registering a consecutive growth in the agriculture sector.

He said the union government had made crop compensation a reality for farmers in the country.

The Centre had last month increased the compensation amount for farmers affected by the crop damage due to natural calamities and had relaxed the eligibility norms for claiming the compensation.

He said the union government had been praised for its work in the field of foreign relations, control over price rise and inflation.

Shah said the union government had inked an agreement with Bangladesh, which would result in illegal immigrants returning to Bangladesh.

The Lok Sabha had passed the India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement on Thursday, which will enable the countries to exchange the previously disputed enclaves along the border.

At the sammelan, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said there would be no shortage of funds for initiating development projects in the state.

He said everyone in the state should take up a social task such as cleaning and planting saplings.

He asked: "You'll ask for votes in the run-up to the elections. But now that you are elected, will you be angry when people come to you with their grievances?"

His question met with a resounding no.

He said it was the responsibility of elected representatives to ensure that those eligible for welfare schemes were included in the schemes by August 15.

National vice-president and state-in-charge Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said the expectations of the people from the party were on the rise.

"Whenever there is a regime change, people want to see the difference on the ground," he said.

Sahasrabuddhe said there would be a training session for elected representatives in the state soon.

Ministers and MLAs were also present on the occasion.

First Published: May 10, 2015 21:59 IST