Rahul’s message to leaders: Work to get place in govt


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, without naming anyone, has asked state leaders to work at the ground level and said those who actually work for the people would get a place in the next government. Rahul told the leaders that they must visit the homes, cities, villages and listen to the people’s problems and solve them. The leaders who walk on soil and on roads will find place in next government. The Congress aims to cash in the peasants’ anger towards the state government. The party faces an uphill task in converting this anger into votes. While farmers are upset,there is still no noticeable antipathy towards the Chouhan government. Some farmers are hopeful that Gandhi’s promise of a farm loan waiver would put the chief minister under pressure to announce one before the Assembly elections. The Chouhan-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has accepted the Congress challenge, and has reached out to the farmers of Mandsaur, which falls in the prosperous Malwa-Nimar region, by announcing schemes like Bhavantar, and also provided compensation of Rs 10 million each and jobs for the families of the slain farmers. A year after five farmers were killed in police firing in Pipliyamandi in the district,Congress President Rahul Gandhilaunched his party’s campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, slated for November, by promising that his party would write off farm loans within 10 days of forming a government in Bhopal. Mandsaur is also a centre for cultivation of opium, and the state administration believes last year’s farm protests were not spontaneous but fuelled by people involved in the illegal opium trade. As one enters Pipliyamandi, the biggest change from last year is a new building to house the police control room of the state government’s narcotics department. The state government looks determined to crack down on the illegal trade. In urban areas, people are a bit weary of the political battlefield that their district has turned into. They say the Congress is politicising farm distress to use Mandsaur as the gateway to form the government in Bhopal. The Congress has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh since 2003. Solidarity seen on dais Many senior leaders were present on the dais including state president Kamal Nath, MP Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kantilal Bhuria, Vivek Tankha, former CM Digvijaya Singh, Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, Suresh Pachauri, among others.