Cam­paign­ing for first phase of Ch­hat­tis­garh Assem­bly poll ends

Rahul says de­spite 15 years of BJP rule in state, over 40 lakh youth are un­em­ployed

Oman Daily Observer - - INDIA -

RAIPUR: With the cam­paign­ing for the first phase of the Assem­bly elec­tions end­ing in Ch­hat­tis­garh on Satur­day, BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi traded barbs at each other over what they had done for the ben­e­fit of the state.

Shah re­leased the party’s man­i­festo and held a road show in Ra­j­nandgaon, the home turf of Chief Min­is­ter Ra­man Singh, while Gandhi ad­dressed three pub­lic meet­ings in Konda­gaon, Jag­dalpur and Kanker be­sides meet­ing sev­eral stake­holder groups in­clud­ing NGOS, civil so­ci­ety mem­bers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sat­nami Sa­maj, an in­flu­en­tial com­mu­nity in the state pol­i­tics.

While re­leas­ing the man­i­festo, Shah hit out at the Congress ac­cus­ing it of be­ing a “Maoist sym­pa­thiser” and said that the BJP govern­ment un­der Ra­man Singh has made the state nearly Maoist-free and de­vel­oped it into a power hub of pros­per­ing ce­ment, steel and alu­minium in­dus­tries, be­sides mak­ing rapid progress in ed­u­ca­tion and health.

“Ra­man Singh has made a suc­cess­ful ef­fort to change Ch­hat­tis­garh in the last 15 years. The big­gest achieve­ment of the Bharatiya Janata Party regime here is that it has tightened the noose on the Maoists.

“It has al­most freed the state from the in­sur­gents,” the party chief said, adding that now, when Ra­man Singh re­turns to power, he will fo­cus on mak­ing the state a dig­i­tal hub.

The BJP promised to give Rs 2 lakh in­ter­est-free loans to women to start their busi­ness; to dis­trib­ute free books and uni­forms to stu­dents till Class 12; for­ma­tion of jour­nal­ist wel­fare board and to build a film city in the state among oth­ers if voted to power.

At­tack­ing the Congress, Shah said: “The party which sees Mao­ism as a medium for revo­lu­tion can never do wel­fare for the state.”

Gandhi, at a pub­lic meet­ing in the Konda­gaon area, hit back at the BJP by mock­ing Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi over his si­lence on the is­sues of cor­rup­tion, de­mon­eti­sa­tion and GST and termed Ra­man Singh and Modi as “cor­rupt”.

“Ch­hat­tis­garh is a pros­per­ous state, but the BJP govern­ment steals from the peo­ple and helps 15-20 of its rich in­dus­tri­al­ist friends. Your nat­u­ral re­sources are dis­trib­uted among the rich. Ch­hat­tis­garh is the poor­est state in In­dia,” he said.

At­tack­ing Ra­man Singh, Gandhi said the “Chief Min­is­ter here is cor­rupt.”

“Prime Min­is­ter says he fights cor­rup­tion. But when it comes to Ch­hat­tis­garh, he doesn’t say that the Chief Min­is­ter (Ra­man Singh) is cor­rupt.”

Giv­ing ex­am­ples of cor­rup­tion in the state, the Congress leader al­leged that no ac­tion was taken in the Rs 5,000 crore chit fund scam case “as the Chief Min­is­ter did not want any ac­tion in that”.

Raking up the is­sues of un­em­ploy­ment in the state, Gandhi said de­spite 15 years of BJP rule in the state, over 40 lakh youth are un­em­ployed.

Amit Shah

Rahul Gandhi

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