The war of words between BJP and Congress over manifestos for the November 25 Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh heated up on Saturday, with Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia dubbing the ruling party’s manifesto as “the bundle of lies”.
“The poll manifesto released by the BJP today is nothing but a bundle of lies as Chouhan’s government has cheated people at every step in the name of development,” Mr. Scindia said while addressing rallies in support of the party candidates at Pandhana and Nepanagar.
“In the last ten years of BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh, lawlessness prevailed and the state has become totally a worst state,” he said, adding that the election is not a fight between political rivals but indeed for the people’s future.
The scion of the royal family also urged the voters to keep their disputed electricity bills safely, saying that “the Congress after coming to power in the state would be waiving them”.
Mr. Scindia, also the state unit election campaign committee chief, promised to write off agricultural loans up to Rs. 51,000 for farmers.
Dubbing BJP as “anti-farmer”, he said the saffron party had always misled farmers and backed off from its promise of waiving agricultural loans.
Mr. Scindia alleged that Madhya Pradesh topped the list of crimes against women and girls.
“BJP government is misleading people by describing Centre’s scheme as their own,” he said while taking potshots at Chouhan government’s ‘Atal Jyoti Abhiyan’, which envisages supplying 24X7 power in rural areas, as ‘Atal Andhera (darkness) Abhiyan’
In its election manifesto released earlier on Saturday, the BJP announced a slew of measures for the poor and the youth, including giving smart phone to students, laptops for meritorious ones, besides benefits to five lakh youngsters under self-employment schemes.
The Chief Minister has dubbed the Congress’ manifesto, released on November 12, as a “dying declaration”.