“Would Prefer To Contest By-Election From Sausar,” Says Kamal Nath


Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said Sunday that he would prefer to get chosen to the state Legislative Assembly from Sausar in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara district.

Mr. Nath is recently the Lok Sabha member from Chhindwara. After being sworn in as chief minister following assembly elections, he needs to get elected to the assembly within six months.

“I would prefer to contest election from Sausar after discussing with local people as I am the voter from that constituency,” Mr. Nath told reporters.

Since 1980, he has represented Chhindwara in the Lok Sabha nine times.

He had indicated earlier that he will contest by-election from a constituency in the district where the Congress candidate wins with maximum points of votes.

The district has seven assembly segments, of which four are reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, making Mr. Nath ineligible to contest from them.

He can stand for election from Chhindwara, Sausar, and Chourai.

Sausar, where Congress won with the widest margin (20,742) in the district, is where Mr. Nath’s house is situated.

Mr. Nath was accorded a grand welcome earlier Sunday on his first visit to his home constituency after being sworn in as chief minister.

He will celebrate the coming of the new year in Chhindwara.

Speaking about the problem of unemployment in the state, Mr. Nath said that as in Chhindwara, his government will set up skill development centers by roping in institutions like the NIIT and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Indore and other cities.

To a question, the veteran Congress leader said he doesn’t believe in renaming schemes but would rather aim at their proper implementation.

Mr. Nath also defended his statement that locals should get preference in employment. The government of each state protects its own people when it comes to jobs and he said nothing wrong, he added.

In a jibe at his predecessor Shivraj Singh Chouhan, whom Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had termed “announcement-making machine”, Mr. Nath stated people were tired of listening to government’s announcements (about new schemes or welfare measures).

“I won’t make any announcement. Concerned officials will be given complete details of the work to be done and a timeline,” Mr. Nath said addressing a rally.

He laid the foundation stone of 22 developmental works and dedicated 14 accomplished projects in the district.

“Forty years ago, a youth had come to seek blessings and love from you people. Whatever stature and recognition I have achieved is because of you…I will not make announcements, instead, I will give priority to work,” he said at the rally.

“Soon after becoming chief minister, I announced loan waiver for farmers as promised. Temple and mosque will not give us employment,” he said, in an apparent reference to the Ayodhya dispute.

In a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Nath said the PM in his speeches in Madhya Pradesh did not talk about the youth and farmers.

“He should have visited Chhindwara. People have given him a befitting reply by giving all seven seats to the Congress. People here are well aware of your (Modi’s) antics. Make in India came four years back but I opened a maximum number of skill development centers in Chhindwara district 15 years ago,” he claimed.

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