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Digvijay Govt 'failed' to utilise central funds: Vajpayee

Vjapayee asked the MP Govt to give a reply about its failure to make use of funds for improving the living conditions of the people.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2003 12:04 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Accusing the Digvijay Singh government of "failure" to utilise central funds for development, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday lamented that foreign investment was not forthcoming in states like Madhya Pradesh in view of "growing lawlessness".

"Foreign investors want to come to India and open factories and companies but they feel that there could be a threat to their life and property," he said launching BJP's election campaign in the state.

Coming down heavily on the MP Congress Government, which is completing 10 years in office, Vajpayee said that the Centre had given Rs 4000 crores during the last four years to the state but a large chunk of it remained unutilised.

"Madhya Pradesh government has to give a reply about its failure to make use of funds given by the centre for improving the living conditions of the people and development of the state," he said.

"India cannot move forward unless it is backed by strong and developed states. We cannot afford to lag behind in the developmental race," the Prime Minister said.

Emphasising that crime must be checked, Vajpayee recalled the recent incident of rape of a Swiss diplomat in Delhi and said "we were embarrassed to meet the Swiss President when he was in India recently."

But he had all praise for the Swiss President who said that the incident would not jeopardise the relations between the two countries and wanted the guilty to be punished, the Prime Minister observed.

Vajpayee said he would like to know why states like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh had remained backward and why the investors were shying away from coming to them.

On the law and order front, he said the number of incidents of atrocities and rapes on women was higher in Madhya Pradesh. "I know that the Chief Minister would not like my saying this. I also don't like to talk about such issues but this is the truth," he remarked, adding the crime against women must be dealt with an iron hand.

In his further attack on the MP Government, Vajpayee said that while the state had power generation capacity of 2200 MW, it was only producing 1200 MW of electricity, which was a key input for development.

Ridiculing Congress president Sonia Gandhi for making fun of his last year's statement that the NDA Government would create one crore employment opportunities that it was like "Mungerilal ke sapne (a TV serial)," Vajpayee said that he furnished figure in Parliament the very next day that 88 lakh job opportunities had been created to silence her.

"Now the figure has crossed one crore mark," Vajpayee said.

Stating that the NDA Government had launched a massive project for construction of a national highway from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the Prime Minister said it would now be the job of State Governments to provide link roads from rural areas.

The country had efficient and hard working people but what was lacking was honesty, he added.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 16:52 IST