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Cong eliminated poor, not poverty: Chouhan

Satyaprakash Sharma | Gwalior |

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the Congress eliminated the poor instead of poverty in its 50 years in power. He demanded the party present reports of its long stint in power.

Addressing a massive rally at Bhander town in Datia district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, Chouhan said if Congress wants to eliminate poverty it should learn from the BJP governments of Madhya Pradesh and the Centre.

“Since Nehruji, Indiraji and Rajivji, Congress has been announcing removal of poverty from the country ahead of every election but it didn’t eliminate it while the poor were definitely removed from their post-poll agendas,” Chouhan said.

“BJP governments of the state and the Centre have worked to remove poverty by inaugurating several schemes for the welfare of the poor,” he added.

He said every poor person will have a piece of land for a pucca house and the state will be slumfree in four years.

Now, no school or college student in the state will have to drop out because of lack of money as “their ‘Mama’ (maternal uncle) Shivraj Singh and the BJP government will deposit their fees”, he said.

Chouhan said the Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana will help the poor through its several schemes like ‘electricity bill waiver’, ‘simple electricity bill’ and others.

Chouhan said the Madhya Pradesh had become the first state where 28 lakh girls had been made ‘Ladli Laxmi’. The government has been giving them all facilities and after the age of 18 they will have enough funds for their future.

He said the MP Assembly was the first to enact a law to give death penalty to rapists of girls under 12. He said fast track courts in Gwalior and Katni had on Wednesday pronounced death sentance to rapists under the Act.

At the end of the rally, Chouhan appealed to the gathering to support the BJP to form a government for the fourth time in MP.