Bhopal, In an emphatic political statement, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath expressed confidence on Friday that the Congress would emerge victorious in the general election and party President Rahul Gandhi shall assume the Premier’s mantle.
“We are also leaving no stone unturned to triumph in all 29 parliamentary constituencies in the state,” he averred while addressing an Aabhaar Sammelan (Convention for Expressing Gratitude) organised by the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee here.
Among those present was a galaxy of leaders including the party’s General Secretary in charge of this state Dipak Babaria, erstwhile chief minister Digvijaya Singh and parliamentarian Jyotiraditya Scindia.
“Forty-five days have elapsed since the Congress dispensation assumed the state’s reins. During this period we first decided to waive agrarian loans in accordance with the manifesto. The promises enshrined in that document are witnessing fulfilment one by one. I shall not permit disappointment to touch the populace,” Mr Nath assured.
The Congress returned to the saddle in December last year after an interval of one-and-a-half decades. That party’s state President Nath was sworn in on December 17 and constituted his Council on December 25.
Raining fire on Premier Narendra Modi, he said that the Prime Minister commenced thinking of the peasantry after tillers’ debts were set aside in Congress-ruled states.
“However, the masses comprehend that Mr Modi is doing so owing to the polls. At a juncture when the Congress is remitting credit amounting to crores, the Premier is speaking of a pro-cultivator scheme wherein the targeted beneficiary would receive what works out to a paltry Rs 17 daily.
Mr Gandhi elevated me to this office; therefore I shall present an account of my tenure to him as well. Under the Crop Loan Waiver Scheme, 45 lakh agriculturists – including 32 lakh possessing holdings below two hectares each – shall be benefitted.
In the next 15-20 days, approximately 25 lakh ryots shall come forward and state that the Congress dispensation waived their loans. My government is profoundly concerned vis-a-vis employment for urban indigent youth.
A scheme is commencing for this category and envisages providing 100 days’ work annually with remuneration of Rs 4,000 per month for six lakh youngsters,” Mr Nath explained while touching on various other measures.
Under the Indira Grah Jyoti Yojana, it was decided to grant sizeable concessions in power bills for the underprivileged and those belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Tribes.
“I thank the state’s public for siding with the truth in the Assembly elections and making the Congress triumphant,” the Chief Minister said.