Union Home Minister Amit Shah challenges Congress’s accountability, touts BJP’s financial contributions to Madhya Pradesh, and scrutinizes past governance in the lead-up to state elections.
Demand for a Half-Century Report Card: Amit Shah’s Challenge
Union Home Minister Amit Shah took a direct hit at the Congress, urging them to provide a comprehensive report card spanning 50 years of their governance. While addressing a rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Shah criticized the Mallikarjun Kharge-led party’s lack of accountability.
Financial Infusion in Modi Era: Madhya Pradesh’s Growth
Shah highlighted the BJP government’s financial contributions to Madhya Pradesh. He noted that in the last 9 years under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the BJP government granted ₹8,33,000 crore to the state. He contrasted this with the Congress’s allocation of only ₹1,98,000 crore during their 10-year rule from 2004 to 2014.
“If Congress has the courage, present a 50-year report card. We stand for political accountability. In every government we lead, we embrace responsibility,” Amit Shah asserted.
Initiative Stifling and ‘Corruption Nath’ Government
Continuing his verbal assault on the Congress, Amit Shah accused the party of halting initiatives introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He particularly targeted the previous Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh, labeling it as the “Corruption Nath” administration.
“Congress obstructed our ‘Garib Kalyan initiative.’ Kamal Nath’s government was disparaged as ‘Corruption Nath’ on social media… Congress curtailed the progress started by PM Modi and Shivraj Singh Chouhan,” Shah remarked.
Decades of Congress Rule and State’s Reputation
Amit Shah highlighted the decades-long Congress governance in Madhya Pradesh, except for a few years, and its impact on the state’s reputation. He indicated that the state was perceived as underdeveloped (“Bimaru”) during the majority of the Congress’s 53-year rule.
“Aside from a few years, Congress ruled Madhya Pradesh for most of the 53-year period. The state was widely known as ‘Bimaru’ during the majority of Congress’s governance,” Amit Shah emphasized.
Looming Elections and Political Dynamics
The upcoming elections in Madhya Pradesh, scheduled later this year, have intensified political campaigns. BJP has already initiated an assertive campaign, revealing candidates for the 39 seats where the party faced defeat in the last election. With Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s administration contending with anti-incumbency sentiment, the political landscape has been further enlivened by the movement of Congress MLAs, previously aligned with BJP, back to the Congress fold following Jyotiraditya Scindia-led defections.