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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Empty slogans, unfulfilled promises

WHEN THE BJP encountered the Congress in 2004 for power in MP, its main election plank was dramatic improvement on three basic fronts: ?bijli, sadak and pani?. The Congress in its long rule (misrule?) of ten years had miserably failed to ensure these basic amenities adequately to the public.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 14:32 IST
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WHEN THE BJP encountered the Congress in 2004 for power in MP, its main election plank was dramatic improvement on three basic fronts: ‘bijli, sadak and pani’. The Congress in its long rule (misrule?) of ten years had miserably failed to ensure these basic amenities adequately to the public.

The people of Madhya Pradesh had been so tired of the Congress’s failure to guarantee regular supply of ‘bijli, sadak and pani’ that they put their full trust in the BJP and voted it to power. However, over two years have passed, and the BJP has forfeited the trust reposed in it by failing to provide even a modicum of improvement on two of the three basic areas.

Agreed that the roads are a shade better, but water and power situations are as poor as ever, if not worse. A sheer glance at any of the local newspapers points out the truth; each one carries several stories of distress on the water and power fronts. What’s worse, while the rates rise, the services deteriorate. Corruption is as rampant as ever. The rural folks and the student community are the hardest hit.

While the administration has been going to dogs, the BJP factions have been engaged in fierce in-fighting, further eroding the credibility of their party. The first BJP Chief Minister is currently in revolt. The second Chief Minister, Babu Lal Gaur was a stopgap arrangement and never had respite from continuous inside sniping. Adding fuel to fire, the present Chief Minister had a roller coaster ride to power.

The BJP should better set its house in order if it wishes to return to power. The people are in no mood to go in for negative voting once again. They urgently need performers and not experts in verbal warfare.

RJ Khurana, Bhopal