The Bharatiya Janata Party has criticised the Congressgovernment in Rajasthan for deciding to organise gram sabhas and urban local body meetings on September 10 for ratification of the Food Security Act and some subjects relating to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
The BJP says that the ruling Congress has deliberately planned to hold gram sabhas to clash with the BJP’s Suraaj Sankalp Yatra, scheduled to be addressed by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the same day.
Senior BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria told reporters here that that there was no provision in the Constitution for ratification of an Act, passed by the Parliament, in the village panchayats and local bodies.
The State government was organising the meetings to prevent a massive turnout in the Jaipur rally, he said.
“In the 35 years of [my] political career, I have never witnessed such an exercise for ratification of a law. Such a step depicts the Ashok Gehlot government’s fear of Mr. Modi,” said Mr. Kataria, who is also Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly.
The BJP alleged that the ruling Congress was resorting to all sorts of tactics to fail the September 10 rally and warned that its attempts would not succeed.
Party spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt affirmed that the rally would be a historic one and would in fact “sound the bugle” for change of government in the State.
As part of its preparations for the politically significant rally, through which Mr. Modi is likely to test his clout in Rajasthan, the BJP conducted the “Bhumi Poojan” ceremony at the venue, Amroodon Ka Bagh, in the heart of the city.
“We prayed at the sacred land where lakhs of people are going to sit and listen to our leaders,” said Mr. Bhatt.
Amid reports that the BJP’s State unit has received instructions from Mr. Modi’s Gandhinagar office to bring maximum crowd to make the rally historic, the party has reached out to the polling booth level workers and assigned each of them the responsibility to fetch at least 10 persons.