In­fight­ing in Congress in­ten­si­fies, MP CM un­der at­tack from Scin­dia, Diggy

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The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Suchan­dana.Gupta @times­group.com While Scin­dia at­tacked Nath, a poster sprung up in Bhind show­ing Scin­dia with PM Modi and Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah, both thank­ing him for his sup­port to the nul­li­fi­ca­tion of Ar­ti­cle 370 THE TIMES OF IN­DIA, NEW DELHI

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.

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