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As Raje completes four years, Congress begins countdown to form its government

Congress state president Sachin Pilot on Tuesday inaugurated a digital clock at the party headquarters in Jaipur marking the exact time left before they form the next government in Rajasthan

jaipur Updated: Dec 12, 2017 20:48 IST
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Hindustan Times
Sachin Pilot,Vasundhara Raje,spectacular failure
State Congress president Sachin Pilot at a dharna at Collectorate Circle in Jaipur on Tuesday. (Prabhakar Sharma/HT)

On a day the Vasundhara Raje government completed four years, the Opposition Congress launched a countdown marking the exact time left before they form the next government in Rajasthan.

Terming the four years of BJP rule a “spectacular failure”, Congress state president Sachin Pilot Tuesday inaugurated a digital clock at the party headquarters. The clock has begun the countdown with marker set at 365 days. Pilot said it indicates the time left for BJP.

Hitting out at chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Pilot said that that her government has failed on all fronts be it law and order, health, education, or curbing corruption.

“The chief minister has institutionalised corruption. All the limits have been crossed but she remains silent,” he alleged.

He claimed that Congress exposed the Rs 45,000-crore mine scam. The government put the blame on an official and suspended him but even before the probe could be completed, he was reinstated.

Pilot claimed that despite the state government giving an undertaking in the Supreme Court, the Bajri (river sand) mining continued for four years even as consumers are forced to shell out thrice the market rates. Rajasthan, he said, was number one in solar power production during Congress regime, but “this government gave 36000 bigha land for projects to companies but none started operations.” The land was allotted at throwaway prices and would later be sold by these firms on high prices.

“The opposition protested on roads and staged dharna in the assembly but the chief minister never replied on farm loan waiver. A committee was constituted, which is of no importance. If the government intends to waive of the farm loans, then why wait till the elections,” he asked.

The insurance companies earned a profit of Rs 10,000 crore under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna but what benefit did the farmers get, he asked. He said, MoUs worth Rs 3.30 lakh crore were signed at Resurgent Rajasthan Summit but sanctions were released only for Rs 16,000 crore. At Agritech meet, MoUs were signed for Rs 40,000 crore investments, but after that no progress has been. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation’s 14 motels were closed and now, Anand Bhawan and Khasa Kothi are being sold.

“We are not against privatization, but explain what benefits the public will get. We will undo all such wrong decisions when our party comes to power,” he said.

The BJP government had promised 15 lakh jobs but “jobs were not created as no investments is coming,” Pilot said, added that till date only 90,000 government jobs have been created.

“In Rajasthan, the government is CM and her office. The decision making is centralized. On ground, the four years of Raje government is a spectacular failure and the CM should apologize for celebrating it with public money,” he added.

Exuding confidence that Congress would win the bypolls to three seats —two Lok Sabha (Ajmer and Alwar) and an assembly (Mandalgarh) — he said, “Had they (BJP) worked for four years, than there would have been no requirement for the CM to visit and stay in such areas for weeks. The CM is now holding community wise meetings… such act sends out a wrong message.”

The enrolment at schools have declined under the present dispensation, he said, adding that of 13552 secondary schools, 5767 do not have play grounds and almost all the girls’ schools have been closed down

Rajasthan stands second in cases of atrocities against schedule caste; third in corruption and rape; second in human trafficking; and eighth in abduction cases, he alleged. “I challenge the government to prove these figures false,” he said.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 20:48 IST