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Attacks on minorities to dominate Cong agenda

THE MAIN opposition party, Congress, plans to put the Shivraj Singh Government on the mat over the recent attacks on Christians in the State in the budget session of the Assembly beginning from Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 17:18 IST

THE MAIN opposition party, Congress, plans to put the Shivraj Singh Government on the mat over the recent attacks on Christians in the State in the budget session of the Assembly beginning from Tuesday.

“The BJP Government is openly backing the Hindu fundamentalists who are out to terrorise the minorities, specially Christians, in the State”, alleged leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi while talking to newspersons here today.

She said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants to outdo Uma Bharti as hardcore Hindutva leader and in pursuance of this policy, he is backing the perpetrators of violence against the minorities. The blatant manner in which government machinery was misused to transport innocent tribals from Dhar and Jhabua districts for the VHP-sponsored Shabri Kumbh congregation at Dang (Gujarat) only proved this point, she added.

Jamuna Devi said that mismanagement of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme is also a major issue that the Congress will raise in the Assembly forcefully.

She alleged that Ccollectors have been asked to put up photographs of the Chief Minister on the job cards being distributed to the beneficiaries. Besides, she added, there is complete chaos in identification of people and distribution of card process. Non-availability of power, depletion of water sources and appalling condition of health service in rural areas are other issues that the Congress will take up in the House, she informed.

Demanding prohibition in tribal districts, the veteran Congress leader alleged that liquor contractors, in collusion with the Excise Department, had unleashed a reign of terror against tribals. Also, several persons in Dhar district either died or turned blind after consuming spurious hooch.

She also demanded from the State Government a record of number of tribals incarcerating in jails in liquor-related cases.
Spate of abductions, the Morena bus tragedy and rise in incidents of idol-thefts would be other issues to be raised, said the leader of Opposition.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 17:18 IST