Cong worked to reduce gap between poor, rich in 5 yrs: Gehlot

Ajmer (Rajasthan), Nov 4 (UNI) Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said that the Congress government in the state has worked to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor in the last five years and this has been possible due to the public welfare schemes of the party.

Addressing a Jan Ashirwad public meeting organised for the nomination of Congress candidate Vikas Choudhary at Rabindra Theater in Kishangarh, Ajmer, Gehlot said that the government took many unique initiative as soon as it came to power and a separate budget was passed for farmers. “The schemes of the Rajasthan government are being discussed all over the country and now even the opponents are including our scheme in their manifesto,” he said.

He said that the Congress government has given the benefits of 10 schemes to the people of the state, which are in force and seven others have been guaranteed. “These seven will also be implemented as soon as the government is formed again,” he said.

The CM described Rajasthan as the only state in the country where a law of Rs 25 lakh insurance and right to health was made. “Cooking gas cylinders for Rs 500, animal insurance, Annapurna kit, grant of Rs 3,000 crore to cow shelters, implementation of the schemes for youth, opening of record schools and colleges, unique management of Covid, everything became possible under Congress rule. Bhilwara model became an example and is being discussed everywhere,” he said.

Referring to the ticket given by the high command to party candidate Vikas Chaudhary from Kishangarh under special circumstances, he said that Congress gave the right to vote in democracy. “This is possible only in India and we are fortunate that we have to ask for votes from the poor, farmers and Dalits with folded hands,” he said.

Taking a dig at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gehlot said that they do not have a candidate. “That’s why seven MPs have been fielded in the assembly elections. 25 BJP MPs played no role in declaring the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) as a national project during their entire tenure. The PM also backtracked from his words which is clear from the video in which Modi is heard making the promise,” he said.

He said that the Rajasthan government has made a provision of Rs 14,000 crore for the ERCP scheme but the central government is creating obstacles. He also demanded to declare ERCP as a national project in the interest of 13 districts of the state.

The CM said that Bisalpur scheme was made for Ajmer district but today water is being sent from there to many places including Jaipur. He said that Congress works only for the interests of the public.

The Chief Minister appealed for the victory of the Congress candidates of Ajmer district. MP Deependra Singh Hooda, former MP Dr Prabha Thakur, former MLA Nathuram Sinodia and party candidate from Pushkar and state Vice President Naseem Akhtar Insan were present on the occasion.

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