Anarchy, scams under BJP rule in Chhattisgarh: Congress

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Raipur, Dec 3 (UNI) Opposition Congress today alleged in the Chhattisgarh Vidhan Sabha that 'anarchy' was prevailing in the state with numerous scams coming to light and deterioration of law and order during the past four years of the BJP rule.

Participating in the debate on no-confidence motion, moved by leader of the opposition Mahendra Karma against the four-year-old Raman Singh government, the Congress members said corruption, coupled with lopsided policies, and lack of grip over administration were the main factors contributing towards 'anarchy'.

Initiating the debate, Mr Ravindra Choubey (Congress) alleged that innovative methods were being used for corruption as numerous scams had come to light during the past four years.

''Strange conditions are being laid down in tenders. One of the tenders for purchase of 'Chula' (stoves) says that the supplier must have experience in dealing with computers while another tender states that computer supplier must have experience in dealing with microscopes'', Mr Choubey said.

Pointing out that even the state government had accepted purchase of sub-standard microscopes in its reply to the question of ruling BJP legislators, the Congress member said the opposition had been raising issues such as irregularities and corruption in upgradation of road network, supply of salt at 25 paise per kilo and paddy and rice scams.

''We are raising in the Vidhan Sabha the scams involving more than Rs 1000 crore only, while others of lesser amount will be raised by our party's student and youth wings'', said Mr Nandkuamr Patel (Congress), while intervening in the debate.

Accusing the BJP government of having failed to protect the interests of the farmers, Mr Choubey said three farmers were jailed for not paying electricity dues while the State Electricity Board was yet to collect dues worth Rs 1700 crore from major consumers. He alleged that the state government was showering largesse on industrialists by various rebates like rebate in power tariff while ignoring the farmers.

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