Chouhan against impractical promises

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Bhopal, Nov 8 (UNI) Exuding optimism over the efforts to return to power for a second term, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today said the BJP would not come out with any such promises that would turn out to be impractical for implementation.

''BJP was against holding out any false assurance to woo the electorate'', he said, referring to the promises made by Congress in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh to distribute rice at Rs 2 per Kg to all ration-card holders and free electricity to farmers.

''Only after assessing the ground reality, we would make any promise. Impractical schemes for doling out benefits ''free'' of cost would not be attempted'', he told UNI before starting his whirlwind tour on campaign trail for the assembly elections.

''We had worked for the state's development and it was our asset'', Mr Chouhan claimed, adding we were fully confident of getting the people's blessings at the hustings on the strength of our government's work.

''Our focus in the elections will be the government performance.

We had attempted to improve the life-style of all sections of society, specially farmers, workers, women, weaker sections and other backward classes'', he claimed.

''Common man was the direct beneficiary of our welfare schemes as we had concern for them'', he asserted. ''People imposed faith on us as many schemes were framed after direct consultations with various sections of the society through nearly 18 ''Mahapanchayats'', Mr Chouhan pointed out.

''We framed policies and programmes for different categories after hearing their problems. This effort had relieved our burden of trumpetting our achievements during elections'', the BJP's star campaigner said.

The Congress-led UPA government's ''discrimination'' towards the BJP-ruled state particularly in allotment of foodgrains, petroleum products, coal to thermal stations and delaying implementation of power projects, besides its failures to check price rise and terror strikes would be highlighted during the campaign, the Chief Minister said.

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