Bhopal: Ahead of bypolls on 27 seats in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
and BJP national vice-president
took many by surprise when they shared a common platform in a political rally in Gwalior-Chambal region after a long time. The two leaders, eyeing Lodhi votes in assembly constituencies of Ashoknagar and Bhind districts for the BJP, showered praises on each other and hit out at the Congress for corruption and poor development.
Chouhan and Uma Bharti had last shared a dias in 2018 during previous assembly elections but, that was to support her loyalists from
region. After a long gap, the firebrand BJP leader has resurfaced to woo 27,000 Lodhi voters in Mungaoli and Mehgaon assembly areas.
“It was Shivraj Singh Chouhan who changed the definition of a chief minister through his simplicity and friendly relations with the common people of Madhya Pradesh. This time Chouhan will emerge in a different role and take the state to the first position in the entire country,” said Bharti addressing a rally in Mungaoli assembly area, on Monday.
Chouhan replied in the same gesture. He owed BJP’s return to the power in the state to Uma Bharti and said that she was instrumental to uproot the Congress regime in the state. “It was Didi Uma who had wiped off the Congress government in 2003 and laid the foundation of BJP’s victory in the state. She is a motherly figure for me whenever I remember my late mother. I am more confident in her presence and with her blessings,” said Chouhan.
The chief minister also said that in every welfare scheme launched by the BJP government during the past 15 years, it was the concept of `Panch-J’ (five-J), the development model based on five elements, Jal (water), Jungle (forests), Jameen (land), Janwar (
) and Jan (mass), which was the base of every scheme.
Chouhan, who has completed 14 rallies in his five day whirlwind tour of 13 constituencies, of the total 16 seats of Gwalior-Chambal region, dedicated development works to the tune of more than Rs 5,000 crores during five days. Chouhan also dedicated development works to the tune of Rs 2169 crore in Mungaoli assembly area.
In Mungaoli, Chouhan attacked Congress leader
and said that when he lost power, he remembered farmers and the fields but it was the Congress who had betrayed the public.
“The Congress gave fake certificates of loan waiver to poor farmers. Now the banks have spelt out their problems in the absence of any funds received by the previous government. They are approaching us. But, I will assure the farmers that the BJP government will do justice to them,” said Chouhan hinting at the BJP’s plan on farm loan waiver.
He said that BJP would relaunch all schemes ceased by the previous Congress government and provide subsidised ration, medical facility and zero percent farm loan to the farmers again.
Bharti also made a scathing attack on the Congress leaders saying, “It was ‘Mr Bantadhar’ (spoilsport) who was responsible for the poor development of MP in 2003 and now for the fall of the Congress government in the state again.”
After her resignation as chief minister in 2004, Bharti and Chouhan never supported each other and remained aloof even during joint poll rallies of the BJP. Recently, after announcing her withdrawal from the politics, Bharti slowly emerged as a rallying point of baiters of Chouhan giving a new twist to growing factionalism in the BJP. Now, after appeals by the local leaders, both have come forward to support the party. The two leaders have plans to hold some more rallies to woo OBC votes to retain BJP government with full majority in the state.