Cong slams BJP's fast as political drama

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Indore, Apr 28 (UNI) The Madhya Pradesh Congress today dubbed the state Bharatiya Janata Party's proposed fast on April 30 as 'political drama' and demanded issuance of a white paper regarding foodgrain allotment by the Centre.

In a statement released here, Congress state spokesman K K Mishra rubbished BJP's allegations against the Centre vis-a-vis less allotment of foodgrains.

Questioning the monthly lifting of foodgrain sunder Public Distribution System, Congress asked about the total quantity of foodgrains received so far.

''In view of coming Assembly elections, the BJP government has sidelined poll promises and is spreading confusion by levelling baseless allegations,'' Mr Mishra alleged, adding that instead of undergoing fast BJP leaders should observe 'repentance day'.

Mr Mishra said that the BJP failed to utilise the full quantum of funds received under Central Road Fund, disaster management, flood relief, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

''The state received Rs 25,737 crore in Tenth Five-Year Plan period and Rs 70,335 crore in the 11th FYP period. Similarly, under the Bharat Nirman Programme Rs 3,431 crore though the normal allotment was Rs 2,375 crore,'' he said.

He said under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan the state got Rs 1,109 crore in 2006-07 while it received Rs 1,798 crore in 2007-08.

''The debt burden in the tenure of erstwhile Congress government was Rs 35,000 crore which increased to Rs 52,000 crore under the BJP regime with a daily hike of Rs 16.21 crore,'' he alleged.

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