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BJP Govt lacks long-term vision: Congress

Written by: Staff

Bhopal, Feb 22 (UNI) The Congress today alleged in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly that the BJP government lacked long-term vision and was taking credit of centrally-sponsored schemes as its own without acknowledging the Centre's assistance.

''There is no mention in the budget of the UPA government's liberal assistance which helped the state to improve upon its financial position and launch social sector programmes'', Congress member Ajay Singh said while initiating the general discussions on the state's 2006-07 budget presented in the Assembly yesterday.

Taking a dig at frequent change of leadership during the BJP rule, Mr Singh said there was every possibility that there would be at least five chief ministers in five years, with three chief ministers already in less than two years. ''Even the present incumbent Shivraj Singh Chouhan may be replaced in two months'', he added.

Alleging that the BJP government lacked vision and was myopic and resorting to adhocism, he said senior leader Uma Bharti, who had contributed a lot to bring BJP to power, was now undertaking a ''Janadesh Yatra'' to apologise for the party's backtracking on its promises made to the people.

The Congress leader alleged that the government's claim of not resorting to overdraft was a result of not launching social sector schemes as compared to other states. The previous Congress government had not been provided adequate assistance during the NDA tenure and it was now being targetted for neglecting state's development, he added.

Mr Singh said Value Added Tax should have been implemented much earlier. Since the BJP government has no long-term perspective plan, the state still lacked in health indicators and could not attract industry and information technology units. The government's interest was only in building construction having scope for ''commission'' and increased role of contractors, he said.

Stating that the Congress was ready to offer all assistance in seeking maximum assistance from the Centre as sought by the Chief Minister, he said it was unfortunate that the state's public debt had increased by Rs 15,000 crore in two years of BJP rule.

During the Congress rule, he said, the BJP made a hue and cry over the build-operate and transfer(BOT) scheme and creating a separate authority for road construction, but the same system was being followed now.

The BJP had not fulfilled its poll promises on various demands of employees and the resentment among them was on the rise, he added. Even the corruption case with regard to irregularities in construction work for the 'Simhasta fair' at Ujjain had been put in cold storage, the Congress MLA added.


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