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BJP will be voted to power: Patel

The Congress Government has brought the State to the brink of disaster in place of doing something for its development, says BJP MLA Kamal Patel.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2003 20:56 IST

Youth wings of all the major parties in the State seem more or less defunct. With more and more youth treating politics as a ‘necessary evil’, a game being ‘played’ by a miniscule minority at the expense of vast majority, it could be the only outcome expected. And, the result is that youth arm of the parties, which once constituted the most active organ of the political outfits has gone limp. But, Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha State president and BJP MLA Kamal Patel does not agree with this perception. He also feels that his outfit is not only active but has done a lot to bring the ‘Congress misrule’ in the State to what he feels an ‘imminent’ end. Patel talked to Ashutosh Shukla.

Q. What are chances of the BJP to form the Government?

A. We are going to form the Government with overwhelming majority. The Congress Government has brought the State to the brink of disaster in place of doing something for its development. Massive corruption, anarchy, heavy borrowings from all the sources possible, failure to provide even the basic necessities like water and power to people and lack of development have been the hallmark of this regime. It is only natural that people are fed up with Digvijay rule.

Q. You mean to say that Digvijay Singh has given you enough reason to come to power. What did the BJP do in previous decade when all these misdoings were taking place? And, more particularly what the Yuva Morcha had been doing?

A. No, anti-incumbency is not the only factor. The BJP has Government at the Centre. It has performed fabulously in the past five years. Many development initiatives have been taken by the Prime Minister. It is for the first time that people will have a chance to compare how well a non-Congress Government fares when given a chance in contrast to Congress Governments, which never cared for the people or the country.

Q. I will repeat. What has the Yuva Morcha done to bring about a change of regime in the State, which looks so very imminent to you?

A. We had carried out a Parivartan Mahayatra from Ujjain. It was followed by a huge convention of youths at Indore. It was the result of our efforts that youths are up in arms against the State Government. They know they have been cheated. Digvijay Singh had assured them of either job or unemployment allowance if job could not be provided. But, nothing came their way. He, in fact, reduced the job opportunities. Many persons who were already employed had to lose jobs as big institutions like MPSRTC and OILFED were closed down. Daily wage employees were thrown out of job. Then, our chief ministerial candidate Uma Bharti is herself young. She is young, a woman and a saint. She will definitely do a lot for the youth. She will take this State out of the all-enveloping darkness to freshening light.

Q. You are not coming to the point. What is your outfit doing for the electoral success of the BJP?

A. Yuva Morcha is the backbone of the BJP. We have formed ‘Kamal Vahini’ for door-to-door campaigning. For each 100 voters there is one worker of Yuva Morcha. We pointed out errors in the electoral rolls. ‘Election management’, which used to be the success formula of Digvijay Singh lay scattered because of us.

Q. You say Digvijay Singh did not do anything for the youth. What is the BJP going to do for them, if it is voted to power?

A. See, youth and farmers are in the focus of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government’s plans and policies as well. The Central Government has constituted a commission for youth headed by Balbir Punj. There are not many avenues as far as Government jobs go but for self-employment, there are number of schemes being run by the Union Government. When we come to power in Madhya Pradesh, we shall first try to settle the issue of power.

So many students failed in their exams in the last session because there was no electricity. We shall also create basic infrastructure, which lies in shambles as of now. When there is infrastructure, you have job opportunities, It also creates a sense of hope, which keeps the youth going. We shall seek a special package from the Union Government for the purpose. A policy for youth will also be drafted and implemented. And, you see, most of the persons given tickets are young and when all of them combine in the Government, they will definitely come up with something good for the Youth.

First Published: Nov 12, 2003 20:56 IST