CoN­Gress seeKs Votes iN VA­J­PAyee’s NAme

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The Con­gress has fielded late Prime Min­is­ter Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee’s niece, Karuna Shukla against Ch­hat­tis­garh Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh from Ra­j­nandgaon Assem­bly con­stituency in the state elec­tions. Ra­man Singh’s son Ab­hishek Singh is the sit­ting MP from Ra­j­nandgaon Lok Sabha con­stituency. The six Assem­bly seats un­der Ra­j­nandgaon district will go to polls Mon­day, 12 Novem­ber. With Con­gress try­ing to make Va­j­payee its mas­cot in this seat, CM Ra­man Singh told this news­pa­per, that “the BJP and Va­j­pay­eeji are syn­ony­mous.” Shukla on the other hand told this pa­per that the state gov­ern­ment was “poles apart” from the ide­ol­ogy of her un­cle. In her opin­ion, the BJP had changed its “chaal, char­i­tra aur chehra (ways, char­ac­ter and face)”. “Atalji’s teach­ings and courage are in my blood.” Shukla al­leged that the CM ig­nored his home con­stituency and no de­vel­op­ment had taken place there. “It is a sorry state of af­fairs in Ra­j­nandgaon,” she said. “There is a scarcity of wa­ter. Cor­rup­tion is thriv­ing.” How­ever, lo­cal BJP lead­ers said Shukla was “an out­sider” and stood no chance of dent­ing the CM’s clean im­age.

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