Bhopal: Congress state president Kamal Nath announced that Rs 5 on petrol and Rs 3 on diesel will be cut with immediate effect on Congress coming to power in the state. Nath, addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, said Congress would not issue election manifesto but ‘Vachan Patra’ (paper of pledge). He said whatever promises made to the public would be fulfilled. He said the government should cut value added tax (VAT) on petroleum products.
Nath said the scams in Vyapam recruitment were like playing with the future of youths. He said Congress, on forming the government, would return the examination fees to the youths, who had appeared in PMT or other examinations conducted by Vyapam.
Nath said Congress national president Rahul Gandhi would come to Bhopal on September 17 to inaugurate election campaigning. Nath also showed his agreement over former chief minister Digvijay Singh’s statement advocating giving of unemployment allowance. Nath alleged that jan ashirwaad yatra was an attempt to buy ‘ashirwaad’ of people. He said Congress was mulling over moving court over the yatra.
He said ‘jan aayog’, which would also comprise one journalist, would be constituted to probe into the scams, if Congress comes to power. The investigations into the scams of the present government would be done through non-political persons.
First list of candidates by Sept 10
Kamal Nath said screening committee, president Madhusudan Mistry was working on selection of candidates. Around 80 candidates would be selected by September 10. Nath said the party was also considering entering into alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The party has also spoken to Samajwadi and Gondwana Gantantra Party and all have the objective to defeat the BJP. The results would soon come out, he added.
We support Centre on Atrocities Act
Nath said the party supports the Central government on the issue of Atrocities Act. We are not satisfied with the Supreme Court’s judgment, said Nath. On the issue of attention to Sawarnas, he said their ‘Vachan Patra’ would have something for every section of the society.