Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh on Thursday organised a demonstration in the state capital to highlight Raman Singh government’s alleged failure in fulfilling poll promises made during the 2013 assembly elections. A large number of Congress workers gathered at Gandhi Maidan.
Senior Congress leaders accused the BJP government of not fulfilling the promises made to the farmers that they would be given Rs 2,100 per quintal as support price and Rs 300 as bonus for the paddy being sold under the minimum support price scheme. Scores of Congress party workers, including Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly, Mayor and others holding eminent posts across the state turned up to protest and raise slogans against corruption and injustice meted out to farmers by BJP.
State party chief Bhupesh Baghel, leader of the opposition T S Singhdeo, former ministers and others attended the public meeting wherein the leaders and the farmers of the state were taken for a ride by the BJP as it did not take any initiative during the last three years to fulfill the poll promise. They alleged that corruption has scaled new heights under BJP regime and it was evident from the statement of chief minister himself, who reportedly at a party meet asked the party leaders to avoid taking ‘commission’ for one year so that the party can return to power.
Taking a dig at the state government, Bhupesh Baghel pointed out Rs 36,000 crore public distribution scam in Chhattisgarh and involvement of chief minister’s kin in the scam. He also sought investigations into the bank account opened by CM’s son Abhishek Singh mentioning the address of his native place Kawardha. Congress party workers condemned Rahul Gandhi’s arrest in Mandsaur and lashed out at BJP. Police security was beefed up and barricades were erected at Motibaug Square. The Congress party workers took out a protest rally across the state highlighting inefficient performance by the ruling party in the education and health sector across the state.