By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 11
Bharatiya Janata Party President Nitin Gadkari today said that social equality, social justice and utilisation of modern technology for uplift of the poverty-stricken should be the primary focus areas of the BJP.
“The BJP vows to fulfil Swami Vivekananda’s dream by redefining politics to make it a vehicle of socio-economic reforms,” he said while addressing the valedictory function of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Yuva Sankalp Bike Rally that coincided with the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Referring to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Nanaji Deshmukh and Mr Jayaprakash Narayan, Mr Gadkari said that drawing inspiration from their collective ideology is imperative for altering the course of society.
“India has ample gold reserves, which — if properly exploited — will result in the country emerging as a force to reckon with. We are a rich nation with poor population,” he pointed out.
Training guns at the Congress, Mr Gadkari said that the equivalent of Rs 21,00,000 crore was lying in foreign banks. If that tremendous sum is brought to Indian shores then the country will advance in a jiffy.
“Crores were gobbled up by corruption especially the Commonwealth, 2G spectrum and coalgate scams that work out to Rs 4,38,000 crore. From Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to (Congress General Secretary) Rahul Gandhi, their slogan has been ‘garibi hatao’. If tainted money could be properly utilised then development will certainly take place,” he said.
Even the skyrocketing prices are fuelled by corruption and Congress cannot improve this country, Mr Gadkari said while claiming that the BJP possesses both knowledge and power to change the situation.
“Peasants are committing suicide after being trapped in a downward spiral of debt due to the Congress regime’s anti-farmer policies. On the other hand, Madhya Pradesh shook off the BIMARU tag and registered 18 per cent growth in agriculture,” he said.
Addressing the gathering earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “There is no guarantee that the present government at the Centre will complete its term.
Let the BJP workers be prepared for mid-term polls. A National Democratic Alliance Government will be formed at the Centre. As far as this state is concerned, we will surge to power for a third successive time.”
The country is passing through a state of crisis and the need of the hour is to draw “inspiration” from Swami Vivekananda.
“Investors from 25 countries are expected to attend the Global Investors’ Summit in Indore later this month. A network of industrial units will be set up and 50 per cent of their workers will be locals. Round-the-clock power will be supplied to factories.
In the case of small industries, the Government will act as guarantor for bank loans,” the Chief Minister said.
Licenses will no longer be issued for liquor vends with the objective of making Madhya Pradesh an addiction-free state.
Lok Sabha polls round the corner: Sushma
By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, Oct 11:
Reiterating that the BJP will not support foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today said early Lok Sbha elections are round the corner as the present regime at the Centre may not survive till Parliament’s Winter Session.
“The FDI issue will bring down the Government as Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam are opposing the move,” Ms Swaraj — who represents Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha — said while addressing the valedictory function of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha Yuva Sankalp Bike Rally to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
“Premier Manmohan Singh and the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee betrayed the nation as — during his tenure — Mr Mukherjee convened an all-party meeting and assured that FDI will not be allowed in the retail sector,” she said while emphasising that the United Progressive Alliance regime took a unilateral decision.
“This is a ploy to divert attention from the prevailing corruption,” Ms Swaraj said while taking a dig at the Centre by comparing the Commonwealth, 2G Spectrum and coalgate scams with ‘Trilok’ — heaven, earth and the netherworld.
The Centre has lost all credibility and has no right to take crucial decisions, she said while drawing inspiration from the Quit India Movement by raising the slogan ‘Congress hatao desh bachao’ (Oust the Congress, save the country).
“Mr Jayaprakash Narayan inspired me to enter the political arena. His zeal and fire are the need of the hour for galvanising the youth,” Ms Swaraj said while claiming that the BJP will come to power for a third consecutive time in Madhya Pradesh.