Bhopal: Congress to contest polls on pro-farmer and poor plank

Bhopal: Still a year to go for the assembly elections in state, the Congress party has come up with its agenda to dethrone the BJP. AICC general secretary and party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh, Deepak Bawaria while talking to Free Press, here on Sunday said that the party will contest the elections on pro-farmer and pro-poor plank. Madhya Pradesh assembly elections are scheduled to be held in November-December next year.

The party would start the exercise of identifying probable candidates from mid-January, said the Bawaria addressing a press conference. A state team will visit every district the team looking for suitable candidates, said Bawaria adding that the party leadership might give opportunity to fresh and young faces over the older ones this time.“The whole organisational unit will be restructured and after January 15 candidates for the election will be chosen, he added.

Speaking about the criteria, he told the reports that three different parameters have been set. “In the first phase, names of the candidates in an around 60-65 seats where the Congress had lost the two elections will be finalised. In second phase, the performance of the sitting MLAs will be assessed, thereafter the names of the candidates for rest of the seats will be declared.

Asked about the demand of some party leaders that the candidates should be announced six months prior to the election, Babaria said, “It depends on the vulnerability of the seats. The announcement may be made two months, two weeks or two hours prior to the filing of nominations, because the opposition may also plan its strategies accordingly.”

Babaria also said that as Congress president Rahul Gandhi has indicated and which was also visible in the recently-held Gujarat elections, younger faces would be given a preference in Madhya Pradesh as well. He also said that the party would request the leaders, who had lost in the last two-three elections, to vacate the seat for the young leaders. “The leaders who were defeated in the last two-three elections would be told to leave the seat for the young leaders and work for the party. The names of such leaders would be considered for the parliamentary elections,” he said.

Speaking about Gujarat elections, Babaria claimed that Congress party would have won the assembly elections had EVMs not helped the BJP. In around 30 to 40 constituencies over 20000 to 30000 fake voters had voted, alleged the Congress leader, however added that they will not let it happen in MP.

CM’s son dairy to have of Holland-breed cows

While state government is promoting Indian breed cowsheds and dairy, but on the contrary chef minister’s son has is setting up dairy by importing cows from Holland, alleged state Congress president Arun Yadav. Kartikey, CM’s son has imported 200 cows of HF breed from Holland and for which he had obtained loan of Rs 5 crore, alleged Yadav.

“The milk federation is purchasing the cow milk from the farmers at Rs 26.84 per litre and buffalo milk at Rs 42.64, but the milk of CM’s son will be purchased at Rs 65 per litre”, added Yadav. He demanded that the government should fix the minimum support price of Rs 50 per litre.

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