BHOPAL: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, whose 15-month-old Congress authorities collapsed in March this 12 months and led to the BJP’s return to the helm, has expressed confidence that voters will take away the saffron get together from energy within the upcoming meeting bypolls as issues have “worsened” beneath its rule.
Bypolls to 28 Meeting constituencies within the state will probably be held on November 3. In an effort to return to energy within the state, the Congress has to win all 28 seats, whereas the ruling BJP solely wants 9 seats to achieve the bulk mark of 116 within the 230 -member Home.
“I’ve full religion in individuals and voters of the state, particularly from these 28 seats. They’re conscious that the (BJP) authorities, which got here to energy by buying and selling individuals’s mandate, has not been capable of change something within the final seven months. The farmers’ situation has worsened and unemployment has elevated…individuals perceive every part. Voters in MP are easy, naive and poor, however they’re very clever,” he mentioned, including that they may take a proper determination,” Nath instructed PTI on Friday night time.
He mentioned that the Congress will return to energy within the state after the counting of bypoll votes on November 10. Replying to a question about what number of seats the Congress expects to win within the bypolls, Nath mentioned, “I do not consider in saying such issues. (CM) Shivraj Singh Chouhan is an skilled in it.”
The Congress chief has been dealing with criticism for utilizing the time period “merchandise” towards a girl MP minister throughout the bypoll marketing campaign. The Election Fee on Friday revoked Nath’s star campaigner standing for “repeated violations of the mannequin code whereas campaigning for the bypolls”.
Talking about it, he mentioned, “Which publish or place this star campaigner has? The EC had not given me any discover, nor had it requested me about it. Why they’re doing this within the final two days of campaigning solely they know.”
However the Congress chief defended his use of the phrase “merchandise”. “I used to be in Lok Sabha for thus a few years. There it’s talked about within the agenda sheet, merchandise no 1, merchandise quantity 2…That was on my thoughts. I didn’t say it to disrespect anybody. But, I had mentioned that if somebody feels insulted, then I specific remorse,” he mentioned.
Nath additionally claimed that Congress chief Rahul Gandhi didn’t specific disapproval about him particularly after the episode, however solely mentioned disrespectful language shouldn’t be used towards girls. On the BJP’s demand for apology from him over the comment, Nath mentioned, “It’s not anybody’s demand. I do what I really feel is true and correct, as a result of it (disrespecting the lady minister) was by no means my intention.”
Senior chief Jyotiraditya Scindia’s revolt towards the Congress and the resignation of 22 MLAs of his get together in Madhya Pradesh had led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath authorities in March. Days earlier than quitting the Congress, Scindia, whereas addressing a rally in Tikamgarh, had threatened that he would hit the streets if the get together’s manifesto was not fulfilled by the Kamal Nath-led authorities. Reacting to his menace later, Nath had then mentioned, “Toh utar jayein sadak par (Let him hit the streets if he desires to).”
When requested about his reply to Scindia, Nath mentioned what else would he have mentioned in such a state of affairs. “If somebody says that he’ll hit the streets and when the identical query was requested to me, then I’ve to say go forward and do it. What else ought to I say?” Nath mentioned.
In accordance with Scindia’s six loyalist ministers, who have been among the many 22 legislators who give up the get together in March this 12 months, Nath’s comment was the final straw that triggered the autumn of his authorities. When requested whether or not he tried to talk to Scindia after that, Nath mentioned, “We used to speak very often then. I had good relationship with him. However now there isn’t any level in going again on these previous issues.”
Nath additionally slammed Scindia for alleging that “Bada Bhai-Chhota Bhai” (Nath and Digvijaya Singh) has arrange a switch business within the state, and claimed that the utmost variety of transfers have been carried out on his (Scindia’s) suggestion and he has a listing of it.
On being requested concerning the Congress’s allegations that MLAs have been provided crores of rupees to modify over and whether or not his get together has any proof to help the declare, Nath mentioned, “There isn’t a want of any proof. Individuals perceive every part they usually comprehend it…”
“I perceive individuals so much. I contest polls and do not go the Rajya Sabha means. I’ve spent 40 years amongst individuals and I do know them,” the nine-time Lok Sabha MP from Chhindwara mentioned when requested whether or not his get together will get help from individuals.
On the bitter battle of phrases witnessed throughout the bypoll marketing campaign this time, Nath mentioned, “Since they don’t have anything to say about growth, they’ve began this to divert individuals’s consideration. They cannot say something within the identify of growth. Individuals had voted them out in November 2018. Within the final seven months additionally they haven’t carried out something by way of growth. Due to this fact, they’re making an attempt to divert consideration.”
Replying to a query on the BJP’s allegation that the Nath authorities didn’t fulfil the promise of mortgage waiver made to the farmers, Nath mentioned, “Chouhan was mendacity for months about it once we have been in energy.
However within the Vidhan Sabha they themselves have offered a determine that agriculture loans of 27 lakh farmers have been waived! Now who’s flawed, they or me?” For the primary time within the historical past of Madhya Pradesh, 28 by-polls are being held concurrently due to switching over of 25 Congress MLAs to the BJP.