Rahul charges BJP with all-round failure in M.P.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with people after an election meeting in Harda, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday.

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi interacts with people after an election meeting in Harda, Madhya Pradesh, on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: A.M. Faruqui

Vinay Kumar

HARDA (M.P.): Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday targeted the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh, which goes to the polls on November 27.

Addressing his first election meeting in this town, the Congress general secretary charged the BJP with “failure” on all fronts.

Mr. Gandhi said the party, which had not been able to fulfil the promises made to the people during its five-year tenure, was making more “false” promises in an attempt to lure the electors.

Attacking Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, he cited the power and infrastructure sectors and the condition of women as examples of the “utter neglect,” in the State. He said the State had achieved the dubious distinction of topping the list in cases of atrocities on women.

Refuting the charge that the UPA government was “soft on terror,” he said it was during the BJP-led NDA regime that the IC-814 hijack had taken place and terrorists swapped for the passengers.

He said the Central government’s ‘single biggest achievement’ was implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme which gave job opportunities to rural people in all districts of the country.

Senior Congress leader and Chairman of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) M. Veerappa Moily said the Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s Ministry ‘reeked of corruption.’

Addressing a press conference in Bhopal, Mr. Moily cited a recent report of Transparency International and said the BJP government had “56 scams to its credit.”

Mr. Moily said the Congress had made corruption as the main issue in the Assembly polls in the State and said the common man was facing hardships in his normal dealings with officials.

Asked if price rise, inflation and terrorism were also poll issues, the Congress leader said inflation was coming down and the government was dealing firmly with terrorist-related incidents.

Replying to a query on the alleged involvement of sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur in the Malegaon blasts, Mr. Moily said the party had never linked terrorism to any religion. He said probe by the ATS would unravel the mystery behind the blasts. He alleged that the “poor law and order situation” made the life of the people in the State difficult.

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