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Madhya Pradesh Election 2018

I am fighting a devil in Budhni: Arun Yadav



Arun Yadav

Nehrugaon (Budhni) | Locked in a pitched electoral battle against Madhya Pradesh’s three-time Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Congress candidate Arun Yadav has said he is fighting a “devil” in Budhni and accused him of cheating people of his constituency and of the entire state by perpetrating “maximum atrocities”.

Yadav, the former state president of his party, said there was no second thought that the Congress is fighting a big battle in the state to regain power after sitting out for 15 long years, but he has full faith in winning against Chouhan.

The ruling BJP leaders have dismissed the claims made by Congress leaders that there have not been enough development in Budhni, known as the chief minister’s bastion. The saffron party have countered the Congress’s allegations by saying that the state has seen maximum development during the last 15 years, as against what was done during the Congress rule before that. BJP leaders have said that Yadav has been made a ‘sacrificial lamb’.

Earlier, Chouhan had also taken a dig at the Congress for fielding Yadav against him, saying the grand-old party has done “injustice” to his “friend” — first by removing him from the post of state unit president and then by giving him ticket from Budhni.

Yadav, however, said it was a privilege for him that he was chosen by his party for this contest against someone who is the face of the BJP’s entire campaign for the November 28 elections for 230 assembly seats.

“This was a call from my boss Rahul Gandhi (Congress President). And I think the objective of my coming here is to give a sense to the electorate in Budhni that we can fight this,” Yadav told PTI in an interview during his campaign tour in a constituency that has come to be known as Chouhan’s pocket borough for repeatedly electing him.

“I call him (Chouhan) a devil. My party pitched me against him and I think it’s a privilege for me. People are responding and that is the best part,” the 44-year-old Congress leader and son of the state’s former deputy chief minister Subhash Yadav said.

Asked further about his description of the chief minister as a “devil”, Yadav said he has reasons to say so.

“Madhya Pradesh is the only state in India where women are not safe, where the number of suicides of farmers is highest and in Sehore (Budhni district headquarters) it is the highest. During the last 15 years, there has been no employment for the youth. The biggest scam that was ever in MP is Vyapam, while there is illegal sand mining and other corruption,” Yadav alleged.

Yadav, who has also served in the Union cabinet in the past, stressed it was important for the Congress to come back to power in these elections.

“I firmly believe this…it is for each and every worker and leader to go together and fight the battle out and make sure we are in power this time,” he said, while hoping that the Congress will win about 155 seats to get a comfortable majority.

The two-time MP from Khandwa-Khargone seat further alleged Chouhan talks about infrastructure and industries and every year holds an industry meet, but there was no industry or employment.

“The state is totally bankrupt now and has a loan burden of Rs 1,70000 crore. He (Chouhan) calls himself ‘mama’ but under his rule there is maximum ‘duraachar’ and ‘atyachaar’,” Yadav alleged.

Chouhan is popularly known as ‘mama’ (maternal uncle) among his supporters, a moniker he says he got for work done for welfare of women and girls of the state.

Asked how would be counter this image of Chouhan, Yadav described himself as the real ‘Narmada Putra’ from this constituency and a son of the soil.

“I don’t believe in killing people or firing at farmers (referring to Mandsaur incident). For me, each and every voter is important. For me love and affection which has been given by people of Budhni’s people to me is very important. If he is real ‘mama’ after being a chief minister, then why are people committing suicide and why are women unsafe?,” he argued.

Yadav alleged even basic amenities are missing in the area after 15 years of rule by the BJP.

“There are no roads, water and there is huge corruption here. People say that this constituency has been given to few people on contract. The chief minister talks about Narmada river, but in his own constituency the biggest scam is illegal sand mining which was being perpetrated by his own people and family,” he said.

On being tagged by the BJP leaders as an “outsider” in Budhni, Yadav said it was a “propaganda” by the saffron party and he has not come across anyone from the area calling him an outsider as he was working in the area.

He also ruled himself out of the race for the position of chief minister, saying he was “just a normal worker” and it was for the party high-command to decide who would get the charge of the state after elections.

He also promised to serve the constituency and fight for the people here even if he fails to get electoral success.

Chouhan had won the last elections in 2013 with a margin of about 84,000 votes from Budhni and this time the BJP has given a slogan of ‘Abki baar 1 lakh paar’ (this time the victory margin should be over 1 lakh).

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018

Mamata, Mayawati invited for Kamal Nath’s swearing-in on Dec 17




Kamal Nath; BJP

Bhopal | The Congress has invited leaders from across the political spectrum for the swearing-in ceremony of party stalwart Kamal Nath taking charge as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on December 17.

Nath, a nine-time MP from Chhindwara seat and currently president of state Congress unit, will take oath at a grand function to be held at Jamboree Maidan in BHEL area here instead of Lal Parade Ground as announced earlier. He had told reporters Friday that the swearing-in ceremony would take place at Lal Parade Ground around 1.30 pm.

According to sources in Congress, the change of venue is apparently aimed at accommodating a huge crowd the party is expecting for the ceremony. Notably, Jambooree Maidan is the venue where Nath’s predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP had taken the oath with much fanfare in 2008 and 2013.

“I will take oath alone,” Nath told PTI, when asked who else will take oath along with him. This means that aspirants seeking ministerial berths will have to wait for some more time.

Nath will become the first chief minister of a Congress government in the central Indian state after a gap of 15 years.

Digvijaya Singh was the last chief minister of Congress in Madhya Pradesh. The BJP snatched power from the grand old party in 2003 and went on to retain it till its narrow defeat on December 11.

According to Congress sources, apart from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party president Rahul Gandhi, Nath has invited West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav for the event. Besides, chief ministers of all Congress-ruled states are being invited, they said.

Leading industrialists and religious saints will also be present on the occasion, sources said.

The Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) have extended their support to Nath for forming the government after the Congress failed to cross the halfway mark (115) on its own.

The Congress won 114 seats in the 230-member Assembly. The party has secured the support of total 121 MLAs, including SP (1), BSP (2) and four Independent MLAs.

Apart from Madhya Pradesh, the Congress has come to power in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan by dislodging the respective BJP governments there in the latest polls.

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Congress’s Kamal Nath to stake claim to form Madhya Pradesh government




Kamal Nath; BJP

Bhopal | Congress leader Kamal Nath will meet Governor Anandiben Patel Friday in Raj Bhavan here to stake claim to form a government in Madhya Pradesh. The party won 114 seats in the 230-member House, the poll result of which was declared on December 11.

It has secured the support of a total of 121 MLAs, including SP – 1 and BSP – 2 legislators as also of four independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats.

The Congress Thursday night had named Kamal Nath as Madhya Pradesh’s next chief minister after hours of hectic parleys held by the party chief Rahul Gandhi with senior party leaders.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which ruled the state for 15 years, got 109 seats in the elections.

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Kamal Nath to be the next Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister announces Congress

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Putting all the suspense surrounding the appointment of the new chief minister for the state of Madhya Pradesh, theCongress Party on Thursday  in a tweet announced veteran leader Kamal Nath as the new chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.
The Congress party in the recently concluded assembly election ended the 15 year governance of BJP and energed as the single largest party with 114 seats. However its failed to surpass the majority mark in the 230 seats state assembly. With the support of BSP, SP and other independent the COngress staked claim to form the government in Madhya Pradesh. Kamal Nath who is a 9-time member of parliament from the Chindwara constituency of Madhya Pradesh was appointed as president of the Congress Madhya Pradesh unit before the election. Kamalnath was the minister of Parliamentary affairs in the Manmohan Singh cabinet.

The appointment of Kamalnath was a tough task for the Congress leadership as it had to choose between him and the young Jyotiradtiya Scindia for the post of Chief Minister in Madhya Pradesh

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