Staff Correspondent

To express public outrage against the BJP-led State Govt

‘ Women cheated and exploited in the State’

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh Women’s Congress organised a huge “Jan Aakrosh” (Public Anger) rally in Indore on Tuesday to express public outrage against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led State Government.

The rally was attended by the Union Minister in charge of the party’s Madhya Pradesh affairs, V. Narayanaswamy, Union Minister Kantilal Bhuria, Member of Parliament and All-India Mahila Congress president Prabha Thakur, and PCC president Suresh Pachouri.

The Madhya Pradesh Women’s Congress president, Shobha Oza, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the huge turnout at the rally reflected public anger over “wrong policies, poor implementation of State-sponsored programmes and large-scale corruption at the Government level”.

Through the rally, the Women’s Congress tried to draw women’s attention to the core issue of corruption even when it came to serving those living below the poverty line, said Ms. Oza, adding that women had been cheated and exploited in Madhya Pradesh for the past four and a half years of BJP rule.

“The State also has the dubious distinction of registering the largest number of crimes against women,” she added.

She alleged that there had been massive bungling in distribution of BPL (Below Poverty Line) cards and a large number of those eligible had been deprived of this facility.

“Similarly, the State Government was not implementing the pension scheme for the poor and the destitute by contributing its full share as per Government of India guidelines ,” she added.