Infighting in Congress intensifies, MP CM under attack from Scindia, Diggy
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Bhopal: Infighting in Madhya Pradesh Congress escalated on Friday with two party colleagues of CM Kamal Nath criticising his administration. While former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged in Bhind that the state government has not fulfilled its promise of waiving farm loans of up to Rs 2 lakh, former CM Digvijaya Singh asked Nath to take prompt action to clear roads of stray cattle, saying they were dying in accidents.
Addressing a party workers’ meet in Bhind, Scindia said, “Farmers’ loans have not been waived in totality. Only loans of Rs 50,000 have been waived whereas we had promised that loans up to Rs 2 lakh will be written off.”
Scindia’s statement stunned party leaders, with MP minister Sajjan Singh Verma saying that instead of giving statements, the former should directly speak to the CM. “He speaks directly to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi, so he can also speak to the CM,” he said. “Loans up to Rs 50,000 of 21 lakh farmers have been waived. The second list of 12.5 lakh farmers, who took loans from cooperative banks, is being prepared and in the third list loans of all remaining farmers who applied for waiver will be waived,” Verma added.
While Scindia was firing his salvo, a poster sprung up in Bhind showing the Congress leader with PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah, and thanking him for his support to the nullification of Article 370. The poster was installed by BJP worker Hridesh Sharma, district president of ‘Bharat Raksha Manch’ which is led by BJP exMP Raghunandan Sharma.
Reacting to Scindia’s attack, ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted: “Neither Shivraj nor the public, now your own people are showing you the mirror Kamal Nathji, and saying there has been no loan waiver! Will the government still not wake up?”
Coinciding with Scindia’s attack was Digvijaya Singh’s tweet with a picture of stray cattle on the BhopalIndore highway. “The MP government should immediately remove them from roads and send them to cow sanctuaries and shelters.” He followed it up with a tweet addressed to the CM: “Kamal Nathji, if you take prompt action, then you will be regarded a true gau-bhakta and it will be a lesson for the so-called BJP leaders.”
Nath replied with a flurry of tweets in the evening. The first said: “Dear Digvijayaji... Let me tell you that a few days ago, concerned for their safety, I instructed officials to prepare an action plan.” The CM added that during rains, cows sit on roads because the soil of agricultural fields is wet, and thus get killed in vehicular accidents. “Construction of 1,000 cow shelters is in progress,” he tweeted.