PM kicks off his campaign in Madhya Pradesh, hails Shivraj as an able administrator

Shahdol (Madhya Pradesh), Nov 16 (UNI) Kicking off his crucial round of election campaign in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is in power for last 15 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dared Congress party for a debate on the welfare measures undertaken by his party and those by the Congress in 55 years.

“Aa-jao Muqabala ho jae (Come, Let us have a debate over it openly),” Prime Minister said addressing an election rally here.

“What Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan did in 15 years, the Congress could not do so in 55 years,” he said adding in all parameters of developmental yardsticks the BJP performance is better than that of Congress.

“This is true for rural areas and also urban pockets,” he said.

Mr Modi said those leaders and the party which have failed the people of the state during their 55 years of rule are now questioning the BJP for its performance since 2003.

While the saffron party is in power since December 2003, Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the Chief Minister had come to the helm of affairs in November 2005.

Speaking in presence of Mr Chouhan and state BJP chief Rakesh Singh among others, Prime Minister Modi said even during his stint at Gujarat Chief Minister at various meetings of the state chief ministers, people used to wonder what kind of governance tricks have been applied by Mr Chouhan to bring a paradigm shift about Madhya Pradesh, which was once considered ‘under developed’.

“It is the BJP and Shivraj Singh Chouhan which brought Madhya Pradesh in the centre stage of country’s performing states,” Mr Modi said.

According to BJP sources, Prime Minister will address poll rallies – one each – at Shahdol and later in the day at Gwalior, considered a stronghold of Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“The rallies are well planned and have their own significance,” a local BJP leader said here.

In 2013, effectively during the height of Narendra Modi’s popularity, the BJP had bagged 11 seats of the 16 in the Gwalior-Bhind region but the party is this time facing a stiff anti-incumbency mood and also dissension among the rank and file.

BJP sources in various parts of the state have said that Mr Modi remains “a magician” in terms of pulling crowd and turning that huge crowd into votes. “We are set to repeat the success of 2013 in this region,” said a party worked enthusiastically adding once Prime Minister campaigns the anti-incumbency mood will also fade away.

Directing his tirade against Congress leaders, Prime Minister said the grand old party was regularly indulging in spread of falsehood.

“Yeh log jhoot ke karobari hae, jhoot ke shahenshah hae (They are traders of falsehood, they are emperors of untruth),” Prime Minister said.

He exuded confidence that the people of Madhya Pradesh have immense faith in what BJP says.

“This is because, under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yozana, we have already delivered 12 lakh houses in Madhya Pradesh,” he said adding his government is firm about ensuring housing for all by 2022 when the country completes 75 years of Independence.

Directing his message to local population – who are overwhelmingly tribals in this region – Prime Minister said else where in the country the tribal population has helped BJP storm to power.

His reference was obviously to states like Nagaland and Meghalaya in the north east.

During the next few days till November 25, Mr Modi will also address election rallies in Chhindwara, Indore, Jabalpur, Chhatarpur, Mandsaur and Vidisha.

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