Cong promises commission to probe BJP scams in MP

Cong promises commission to probe BJP scams in MP

Congress state president Kamal Nath, Congress leader and MPs Jyotiraditya Scindia, Digvijay Singh, Suresh Pachouri release the party manifesto for the upcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, at PCC headquarters in Bhopal on Saturday. PTI

The Congress will launch a public inquiry commission comprising apolitical people, including lawyers and journalists, to probe corruption in the 15 years of BJP rule in Madhya Pradesh, if voted to power.

The promise is mentioned among 973 points of the Congress manifesto, which the party has described as "Vachan Patra."

Releasing the manifesto in a press conference here on Saturday, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kamal Nath said that during the Shivraj Singh government, corruption has been rampant in all levels, from Bhopal to villages. “The proposed commission will probe all the matters of corruption brought before it.”  

The manifesto, which is divided in 50 sub-categories, has also promised building gaushalas (cowsheds) in every gram panchayat, and a reduction of electricity bill for farmers.

"We will reduce the electricity bill of farmers by 50%, and also reduce diesel and petrol prices.”

Loan waivers for farmers, which is main plank of the Congress campaign, also prominently features in the manifesto.

The party has further promised Rs 10,000 as unemployment allowance for one young member per family for a period of three years, and Rs 51,000 at the time of a girl's marriage.

Besides this, a provision for an amount of Rs 2.50 lakh for the construction of houses of landless people on a plot of 450 sq feet has also been mentioned in the manifesto.

The manifesto was prepared by a committee under the chairmanship of MP Deputy Speaker Rajendra Singh.

Kamal Nath, campaign committee chairman Jyotiraditya Scindia, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh, former Union minister Suresh Pachauri, leader of Opposition Ajay Singh and former PCC President Arun Yadav, all came together to launch the manifesto and address the media.

"This is a 'vachan patra' and not a 'ghoshna patra,' because we all have been hearing ghoshnas (announcements) for the last 15 years," said Jyotiraditya Scindia, taking a dig at Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been accused by the Congress of making more than 21,000 announcements while in office.

When asked if the Congress had budgeted on how it will fulfill so many financially burdening promises, Nath said, "We have thought about that."


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Important features in the manifesto

1   Rs 10,000 per month allowance to unemployed youth

2-   Protection acts for lawyers and journalists

3-   Rs 10,000 per month pension to journalists above 60

4-   Social pension amount to be hiked from Rs 300 per month to Rs 1,000

5-   Formation of legislative council

6-   New department to promote industries

7   Cleaning of rivers in mission-mode

8-  Law for housing right

9   Free treatment of poor patients in government hospitals