BHOPAL: Towing the line of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's self-reliant India, the Madhya Pradesh BJP has promised the voters to make the state self-reliant in the coming three-and-a-half-years, if the public gives another chance to the party by supporting it in the upcoming by-elections on 24 seats.
"To make the country self-reliant, we will make the state self-reliant in the coming three-and-a-half years. This is an election to decide the fate and future of the people of Madhya Pradesh", said chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan addressing prominent leaders and workers of 13 assembly constituencies at BJP's state head office on Friday.
The BJP has unofficially launched the party's campaign for the upcoming by-elections on 24 seats in Madhya Pradesh, in a bid to retain the Chouhan-led state government. BJP leaders said that the by-election on 24 seats is crucial and a test of the sacrifice made by the former union minister Jyotiraditya
and his 22 supporters and former MLAs.
Chouhan slammed the failures of the
and said that it was former chief minister Kamal Nath's dishonesty and deception which resulted in the fall of his government in the state.
"Congress accused us of toppling its government but it was Kamal Nath, who had cheated farmers, youths and daughters which led to the fall of Congress government. It was corruption, irregularities and poor development which led to the downfall. Congress did not spare Jyotiraditya Scindia, who raised public issues but he was also asked to come on roads. People do not even quit the post of a sarpanch, but Scindia's colleagues quit ministerial berths and resigned as MLAs which is exceptional," said Chouhan.
Lauding the decision taken by Scindia and his team, BJP state president, VD Sharma said that Scindia and his colleagues came forward to save the state from plight. "This is not an election for 24 seats. It is a fight between pro-development pro-people BJP and anti-development and corrupt Congress. Every BJP member should resolve to support and win party candidates in this battle", said Sharma.
During the meeting, members of the steering committee, management committee, former MLAs and office-bearers of various fronts were present. Party's national general secretary
, state organising general secretary, Suhas Bhagat and mayor Alok Sharma also addressed the workers.
"I quit Congress to support Scindia ji and I am against the corruption, poor development and plight of farmers. I have joined BJP as a simple party worker without any desire to become a minister or an MLA", said former MLA from Ashoknagar,
Jajpal Singh Jajji
The BJP has cautioned all the district and mandal heads to be prepared for the by-elections with the help of block level workers. The party has also announced to form committees and teams for housing, office works, apart from local bodies for rural and urban centres. The BJP has also launched social media campaigns in all 24 constituencies, said sources.