Bhopal: With by-elections in Mungaoli assembly constituency in Ashoknagar district drawing closer, the district administration is under increasing pressure for arranging crowds for the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s public engagements in the area. On Tuesday, the ADM allotted specific targets to the SDMs, tehsildars, janpad panchatay CEO, engineers and agriculture department officials for ensuring that a convention of the beneficiaries of Pradhanmantri Awas Yojana and other scheme organised at village Piprai was well-attended. The chief minister was the chief guest at the event.
The administration had to requisition buses from other districts for ferrying people to and from the convention venue. One hundred buses each were requisitioned from Vidisha and Guna, 150 from Sagar, 200 from Bhopal and 50 each from Datia and Raisen. The ADM issued an official order, which gave details of the places where the buses will reach, along with the names of the officials who would be in-charge of sending them to different villages for herding people.
Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said that despite the administration’s efforts, the public events of the chief ministers were sparsely attended. He claimed that notwithstanding the blatant misuse of government machinery, the chief minister is getting audience. On the other hand, people are attending Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia’s public meetings in large numbers without anyone asking them to.
For the past one month, the chief minister is visiting Mungaoli and another poll-bound constituency – Kolaras in the neighbouring Shivpuri district – almost twice every week. The administration is under tremendous pressure to ensure that the chief minister does not have to face empty seats.
CM’s skips Rupani’s oath-taking for poll sake
The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan did not attend the oath-taking ceremony of Gujarat’s new chief minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday as he had an engagement at Mungaoli. Chauhan flew to Ahmedabad in the morning, where he met Rupani and the deputy chief minister-elect Nitin Patel to congratulate them and immediately left the city as he had a programme to attend at Piprai.
He said that he had given the swearing-in ceremony a skip as his programme at Piprai was pre-decided. “I congratulated Rupani and then left the place with the permission of Amit Shah”, he said. Chouhan not attending the function had triggered many a political speculation. He said that he had even reached the function venue but had to leave before the proceedings could commence.
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