Madhya Pradesh polls


Madhya Pradesh polls

The war of words among the BJP and the Congress has intensified ahead of the 28 November polling in Madhya Pradesh with both parties raising a range of issues to attack each other.

While the Congress accused the BJP of raking up the matters of Pakistan and Ram temple to ward off an impending electoral defeat, the ruling party said the main opposition outfit is feeling like a “fish out of water” since it lost power in Madhya Pradesh 15 years ago.

Speaking to reporters in Indore on Friday, Congress national spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said the BJP starts taking the name of Pakistan whenever it senses defeat in elections. It also commenced doing politics in the name of Lord Rama when elections are just around the corner, he said.

Questioned about the Congress’ stand on the Ram temple issue, he said, “This matter is being heard at the Supreme Court. We will surely answer if Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes any statement about the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.”

The Congress leader alleged, “If the BJP government at the Centre wants to build a Ram temple in Ayodhya then why is it not bringing an ordinance? This government is only trying to deceive people in the name of Lord Rama.” Ahmad stated that India’s key defense needs were ignored in the controversial Rafale deal.

During this, Union minister for minority affairs and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi hit out at the Congress. Talking to journalists in Mandsaur while accompanying local BJP candidate Yashpal Singh Sisodiya for filing his nomination papers, Naqvi stated the Congress feels restless when out of power and flutters like a “fish out of water”.

Accusing the Congress of engaging in corruption and running governments in a dictatorial manner, Naqvi alleged the Rahul Gandhi-led party is spreading canards about Prime Minister Narendra and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Taking potshots at Congress and opposition leaders, Naqvi proposed there are two dozen candidates for the posts of prime minister and Madhya Pradesh chief minister, but there is no vacancy for these top positions.

Union minister and BJP leader Suresh Prabhu commented the Congress is running out of ideas in elections and hence it is doing politics on the country’s security. He accompanied local BJP candidate Devendra Verma in Khandwa in a rally to file his nomination papers.

Prabhu said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has provided answers of all questions related to the Rafale fighter jet deal. There should be no politics on the issue of country’s defense and security, Prabhu said. All the BJP candidates contesting from assembly seats in Bhopal district reached the returning officer’s office in a rally to file their nomination papers. These candidates offered prayers at a temple in Bhopal’s Somwara Chowk along with Chouhan before taking out the rally.

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