Amit Shah kicks off Jan Ashirvad Yatra, calls Shivraj Singh Chouhan the best CM in India

Amit Shah also congratulated Chouhan for having the courage to present his performance report to the people after being in power for 14 years

india Updated: Jul 14, 2018 21:36 IST
Hindustan Times, Ujjain
Amit Shah,Jan Ashirvad Yatra,Ujjain
BJP National President Amit Shah addresses during 'Jan Ashirwad Yatra', in Ujjain, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is one of the main reasons why Madhya Pradesh is no longer a backward state, BJP national president Amit Shah said on Saturday, even as he flagged off the party’s 51-day Jan Ashirvad Yatra from Ujjain amid much fanfare.

Shah also congratulated Chouhan for having the courage to present his performance report to the people after being in power for 14 years. “I have no hesitation in saying that Shivraj is one of the best chief ministers in the country,” he said.

The BJP president said that the first ten of Chouhan’s 14-year tenure as chief minister were under the Congress-led UPA government. But now, the Narendra Modi government was extending full support and over double the funds (Rs 3.44 lakh crore) to the state under the 14thfinance commission as compared to the previous allotment, he added.

The chief minister, who has come under criticism over agricultural issues and increasing sexual assault cases in the state, is trying to bounce back into public favour ahead of the November assembly polls. The vehicle being used by Chouhan for the Jan Ashirvad Yatra is equipped with modern facilities such as a pantry, a microwave oven and a refrigerator, besides toilets and seating arrangements for 10 people.

Mocking the Congress over its lack of a chief ministerial face, Chouhan said that any yatra taken out by the opposition party will fail because there wouldn’t be anybody to lead it. The opposition party plans to launch its own Pol Kholo Yatra, aimed at “exposing the failures of the Chouhan government”, from Tarana on July 18.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged that there was no point in Chouhan holding such a campaign when the people were angry with the state government. “The chief minister should be taking out a Jan Maafi (forgiveness) Yatra. While farmers in the state are committing suicide and the youth are unemployed, women, Dalits and tribals are being oppressed,” he said.

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 21:36 IST