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Madhya Pradesh polls: New faces dominate Congress’ third list



Bhopal | The Congress has issued its third list of 13 candidates for the November 28 assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, which mainly comprises new faces.

The party has dropped Pandhurna MLA Jatan Uikey and replaced him with Neelesh Uikey.

Loyalists of Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath and Guna MP Jyotiraditya Scindia also found place on the list.

Both Scindia and Nath, the sitting MP from Chhindwara seat, are believed to be the top contenders for the chief minister’s post from the Congress.

With the latest list issued Monday night, the Congress has so far announced 184 nominees for the total 230 assembly constituencies.

The announcement for the remaining 46 candidates is awaited as only three days are left for filing nominations.

The Congress has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. The incumbent Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government is seeking a fourth straight term.

Among the 13 candidates, the Congress has fielded former state minister Deepak Saxena, a close confidante of Kamal Nath, from Chhindwara seat.

Another prominent nominee is Mahendra Singh Sisodiya, a loyalist of state Congress campaign committee chief Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has been renominated from Bamori in Guna district.

The Congress seems to have reposed faith in the first-timers in its latest list.

Among the new nominees are Sunil Uikey from Junnardeo and Sujit Choudhary from Chourai assembly seat in Chhindwara district.

The party has replaced Pandhurna MLA Jatan Uikey with Neelesh Uikey.

The Congress has also fielded Manoj Choudhary, a first-timer, from Hatpipalya in Dewas district.

Other candidates who would be contesting the polls as first-time Congress nominees are Shrikant Chaturvedi (Maihar) and Ramshankar Payasi (Rampur Baghelan) in Satna district.

Babita Saket who switched over to the Congress from BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party) was allotted ticket from Mangavan seat in Rewa district.

The Congress has fielded Tilak Raj Singh and Sammati Prakash Saini from Manpur in Umaria district and Panagar in Jabalpur district respectively.

Jaipal Singh Jajji, who had lost the 2013 polls from Ashok Nagar seat, has been nominated from the same seat.

Arif Masood, who had lost from Bhopal Central constituency last time, has also been given a ticket.

The Congress announced its first list of 155 candidates on November 3 in which it renominated 46 MLAs. A day after, it announced the second list of 16 candidates.

In the 230-member house, the Congress has 57 MLAs.

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Kamal Nath alleges some govt employees harbour ‘secret’ affection for BJP




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Kamal Nath said in Hindi: “Kamal Nath ki chakki chalti hai der se par bahut bareek peesti hai (Kamal Nath’s wrath is slow but very furious).” 


Piplani (Budhani)| Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath on Monday alleged that some government employees in the state harboured a “secret affection” for the BJP and warned them to be ready to face his “wrath” when his party comes to power.

Addressing his first rally in Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan‘s assembly constituency, Nath said in Hindi: “Kamal Nath ki chakki chalti hai der sey par bahut bareek peesti hai (Kamal Nath’s wrath is slow but very furious).”

The Congress leader, who is seen as one of the front-runners to be his party’s chief ministerial candidate, alleged that some government officials were biased in favour of the BJP that was ruling the state for 15 years.

Such government servants do not sport the badge of the saffron party but “secretly keep it in their pockets,” Nath said.

He also cautioned police officials in the same breath, saying they should “respect the uniforms they wore.”

“Remember you have taken an oath. All officials should remember that there will 12th (December 12) after the 11th (December 11).”

“Yaad rakhna, 11 ke baad 12 bhee aata hai,” he said in Hindi, referring to the December 11 vote-counting day when results for 230 assembly seats would be known. Elections would be held on November 28 for the state assembly, where the BJP has ruled for the last 15 years.

The Congress stalwart, a nine-term Member of Parliament from Chhindwara, was holding a public rally in support of the Congress candidate from Budhni, Arun Yadav, who is also the party’s former state president.

Nath urged voters to give a “chance” to him and Yadav instead of chief minister Chouhan this time.

“I will consider Budhni a part of Chhindwara and will usher development here with the help of Arun Yadav. We will create history in Budhni,” he said at his last rally of the day.

The former union minister also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chouhan, saying how will they clean Narmada and Ganga rivers that they have promised to do when they did not have “clean intentions”.

“They instead cleaned the banks,” Nath said referring to alleged multi-core bank scams that have come out in public in recent times including by defaulter businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.

He urged local voters to dislodge Chouhan from the seat, saying it will usher the way to progress for them and also across the state.

Nath alleged that Madhya Pradesh has become “number-one in unemployment, corruption, rape and sand mining” under Chouhan’s rule.

“For 15 years, you have suffered a government of loot and lies. It’s time to change this,” he said.

Nath talked about the development work he did in his parliamentary constituency of Chhindwara and asked Chouhan how many people had got scholarships or health care facilities in Budhani.

Before taking a helicopter to the state capital Bhopal, about 140 km from here, the Congress leader alleged that Prime Minister Modi’s flagship schemes like Start-Up India, Make in India and Digital India have all failed in this area.

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Madhya Pradesh polls: BJP manifesto like Congress’, has cow, Narmada reference




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Bhopal | The ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh Saturday released its manifesto promising measures for the well-being of cows and protection of the Narmada River, similar to what has been mentioned in the Congress’ “vachan patra”.

The BJP manifesto promised that well-equipped cowsheds would be increased and they would be set up in each division of the state. Madhya Polls goes to polls on November 28 and counting of votes will take place on December 11. It also said that a drive would be initiated to protect the holiness and flow of the Narmada river, revered by Hindus. As part of the drive, saplings would be planted along the river to protect its banks, it said.

The ruling party’s manifesto also spoke of setting up a managing authority to mitigate the problems faced by temple priests as well as a hike in honorarium for them. Besides, the manifesto also has other sops for temples in the state. “The BJP has come up with these measures after getting 12,000 suggestions. The party had constituted 24 teams to reach out to them,” said senior BJP leader Vikram Verma.

Earlier, the MP government had accorded five religious leaders the rank of minister of state after one of them, Namdev Das Tyagi, popularly known as Computer Baba, threatened a march to expose illegal mining along the Narmada.

However, a month ago, he parted ways with the state government, accusing it of having no respect for the Narmada and failing to check rampant illegal mining along the river. On November 10, the Congress had released its manifesto with references to Lord Ram, Narmada river and cow urine. It promised a “spiritual department” in the state, as well as plans to promote Sanskrit. It spoke of developing ‘Ram path’-a mythical route taken by Lord Ram during his 14-year exile- in MP’s Chitrakoot and the commercial production of ‘gaumutra’ (cow urine) and ‘kanda’ (cowdung cakes).

The manifesto also talked of setting up ‘gaushalas’ (cowshed) in every village panchayat and making arrangements for the upkeep of injured cows.

It had a host of measures for the conservation of the Narmada, including developing religious places along the river at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore as well as enacting the ‘Maa Narmada Nyas Adhiniyam’ for its conservation.

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Youth suicidal rate in Madhya Pradesh has increased to 2000 percent, alleges Rahul Gandhi

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Bhopal | Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday alleged that the suicide rate among youth has increased to 2000 percent in the tenure of CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Addressing a rally in poll bound Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni, Rahul Gandhi attacked the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP for the unemployment in the state. He said, About 4000 post teachers post are empty in Madhya Pradesh, for every 18,000 students there is 1 teacher. The suicide rate among student have increased to 2000 percent in Madhya Pradesh.” He further added that the main demand of Madhya Pradesh’s youth is employment. For the last 15 years, BJP govt has not provided any employment to the youth.

Raising the issue of Adivasis, Rahul Gandhi said,” The most important things for  Adivasi’s is ‘Jal Jamin and Jungle’ (Water, Land and Jungle). The Congress president asked,Who should be benefits of these resources, the Millionaires or the Adivasi and poor. The Congress president also questioned, “If PM Modi can waive off loans worth ₹3,50,000Cr of India’s richest then why can he not waive off loans of farmers? “Congress will waive off farm loans within 10 days of forming the government in Madhya Pradesh,” he promised.

Cornering the Union government on the increasing fuel price, Gandhi said,”Global fuel prices are decreasing but in India fuel prices have doubled. All the burden is borne by the common people to benefit a handful of rich industrialists.” He further claimed,”During UPA era the price of Gas Cylinders war 400 rupees while in the current NDA  government it has increased to 1100 rupees.”

Assembly elections will be conducted in Madhya Pradesh on 28 November while the results will be declared on December 11 along with Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram.

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