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Digvijaya Singh’s iron hold makes space for his cronies in Congress list

Digvijaya Singh steps up the ante as he knows Shivraj Singh Chouhan is up against a loaded anti-incumbency factor in Madhya Pradesh and looks set to reap the harvest with his old flock

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Digvijay Singh with Kamal Nath

By Neeraj Mishra

The Congress candidate list of 2023 for Madhya Pradesh looks a lot like it did in 1993, 1998 and 2003. It’s back to the past, courtesy former chief minister Digvjaya Singh. It was the decade when he ruled the state but even 30 years later, he refuses to let go of his iron hold over the party’s state unit. He has lived through the Shivraj Singh Chouhan years with his hunting pack intact and while that may be a credit to him personally, it does nothing for the party.

With most pre-poll surveys predicting a Congress sweep and some suggesting a closer contest, Digvijaya has grabbed the opportunity to stamp his authority on the state Congress. It is a clever manoeuvre as he knows Chouhan is up against a loaded anti-incumbency factor, so he wants to reap the harvest with his old flock. All his ministers from his 1990’s cabinet have managed a ticket and therein hangs a tale. If the Congress fails to come up trumps this time, it will be the anti-incumbency factor working against team Digvijaya, who was known as Mr Bantadhar who led Congress to its worst ever performance of 32 seats in 2003.

Take a look a the Diggi ministers: Rakesh Chaudhary, NP Prajapati, Narendra Nahata, Ramniwas Rawat, Dr Govind Singh, Rajendra Bharti, Laxman Singh (brother), Jaivardhan Singh (son), Yadvendra Singh, Nati Raja, Brajendra Singh, Mukesh Nayak, Sukhendra Singh, Ajay Singh (Arjun Singh’ son), Kamleshwar Patel, Vanshmanni Verma, Sukhdev Panse, Raj Kumar Patel, Arif Akil, PC Sharma, Priyavrat Singh (nephew), Hukum Singh Karada, Sajjan Verma, Vijay Laxmi Sadho, Bala Bachchan, Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat. All from the old team and where the father has passed away, the son continues to be in the Diggi fold and has thus got the ticket.

If you have read this far, then you would have also noticed the overwhelming Thakur presence in the list. Thakurs account for less than 2 per cent of the state electorate but their continued hold over the power levers is admirable and Diggi Raja is at the forefront of this chain.

This also exposes the Congress pretence of holding pres-elections surveys of possible winning candidates from within the fold. If these are the winning candidates, then the Congress has not grown at all. Most of these gentlemen have lost at least two elections since 2003. Most of these gentlemen are also in their 70s. Rahul Gandhi’s surveys are either totally rubbish or are manipulated to the extent that only those names cleared by Digvijaya appear in the final list. So whichever party wins in Madhya Pradesh, it will be more of the same. If victorious, the Chouhan gang will continue to fleece the system and if the Congress wins, the Digvijaya pack will be back with its bag of old tricks.

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them

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Arvind Kejriwal says BJP started Operation Jhaadu to crush AAP

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu to crush the Aam Aadmi Party since its popularity among the people is rising too fast. Kejriwal was addressing Aam Aadmi Party workers at the party office in New Delhi where he claimed the AAP’s bank accounts would be frozen after elections and they will be brought on the roads and left without an office.

The Delhi chief minister alleged BJP has started Operation Jhaadu so that they do not grow big and become a challenge to them.  He further added that through Operation Jhaadu, AAP’s big leaders will be arrested; they are being arrested, and in the coming days, Aam Aadmi Party’s bank accounts will be frozen.

Kejriwal pointed out that ED’s lawyer has already given this statement in court that soon after the election, AAP’s bank accounts will be frozen. He said that if they freeze their accounts now, then AAP will get sympathy. As a result after the election, ED will freeze AAP’s bank accounts. He said AAP’s party office will be cleared out, and the party will be brought to the streets.  Kejriwal said these are the 3 plans made by the BJP.

The Delhi chief minister claimed that no gold or money has been recovered from him, and the BJP, by creating false cases has got AAP leaders arrested. Kejriwal recalled that since the time he came to power in 2015, many allegations had been against him by the BJP. He said after the liquor policy scam has happened people are asking them if the scam happened then where is the money. He pointed out that in other places, when raids happen, notes and gold are recovered, but here nothing was found. Kejriwal asked the people that where is all the money? He said BJP had made fake cases and arrested AAP leaders.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it.

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PM Modi says Congress is the mother of corruption, party was involved in coal and 2G scams

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an election rally in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur on Sunday (May 19) amid the ongoing Lok Sabha Elections 2024.  While addressing the election rally in Jamshedpur PM Modi said, people’s excitement told him what result will come on June 4 in Jamshedpur.

He recalled the time when he used to work as a BJP party worker for many years and used to ask people at that time they would come at 10 or 11 am to attend an election rally. But today he was witnessing a huge crowd here. The prime minister thanked all of them and said Lok Sabha election decides and strengthens the future of the country.

During a public rally in Jamshedpur, PM Modi said, Congress and JMM know nothing about development and their only job is to speak lies, loudly, again and again, and everywhere, their only objective is to do an the X-ray of poor people’s wealth and steal it. He further accused the Congress and JMM of snatching the reservation of SC and ST and the party leaders of the two parties are continuously abusing Modi every day. He asked if they are not able to think beyond this? He said the whole country has realised their truth.

PM Modi said, Congress and their ally parties, wherever they have governments, he challenged those chief ministers and this is not his political statement. The prime minister said Congress’s Shehzada keeps opposing business industries, businessmen and investments.

 PM Modi asked which businessman will go and invest in those states? What will happen to the youths of those states?  He said all investors who come to him and say that they would not go to these states because of their ideology against them. He said businessmen are verbally abused there and investors are forced to think that since Shehzada has this kind of thoughts, his ally parties would have the same thoughts as well. PM Modi added Congress is the mother of corruption and party was involved in coal and 2G scams as well

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Rahul Gandhi says Kejriwal will vote for Congress and he will vote for AAP

Gandhi said that if the prime minister comes in front of him, he would ask him questions about crony capitalism, unemployment, inflation, and farm issues.

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Rahul Gandhi says Kejriwal will vote for Congress, and he will vote for AAP

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was addressing an election rally on Saturday where he said that Arvind Kejriwal will vote for a Congress candidate and that he will vote for an AAP candidate in Delhi in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections as a mark of strong bond between the two allies.

He further added workers of Congress and of AAP to work together to ensure the victory of their alliance in all 7 Lok Sabha seats in the national capital. In his address, Gandhi also challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a debate concerning the issues of India. The Congress leader said he is ready to debate with PM Modi whenever and wherever he wants, but he was confident that PM Modi would not come.

Notably, former Supreme Court judges Madan B Lokur and Ajit P Shah and senior journalist N Ram had written to Gandhi and PM Modi recently and invited them to a platform for a debate on the key Lok Sabha election issues. Gandhi said that if the prime minister comes in front of him, he would ask him questions about crony capitalism, unemployment, inflation, and farm issues.

The Wayanad MP said in his address that PM Modi has only worked for 22-25 people. He asked small businessmen from Chandni Chowk, what PM Modi had done for them? He said demonetization, GST, and other taxes had impacted small businessmen. He said billions of rupees of Adani and Ambani had been waived off. Gandhi said BJP is privatising railways and other PSUs as well.

The former Congress president questioned the prime minister about introducing the now-scrapped electoral bond scheme and further accused him of extorting money with the help of central agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Gandhi reffered to Delhi as the Brotherhood Capital and said that if people work together with love, there is progress.

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