Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls 2018: Face to Face

Indore: As voting day nears, Congress and BJP candidates have stepped up canvassing and attack on their opponents. BJP candidate Sudarshan Gupta and Congress candidate Sanjay Shukla from Indore assembly constituency -1 faced each other and answered questions posed by mediapersons at Indore Press Club on Friday under its programme, ‘Amane – Samane’. Excerpts

I legalised colonies, fulfilled basic needs: Sudarshan Gupta

Sudarshan Gupta :
“Illegal colonies flourished since Congress rule. We have provided basic facilities to residents living in those colonies as they were befooled by colonisers. There was nothing in Indore-I except illegal colonies when I became MLA. I got roads, electricity, water supply and drainage. Over 500 bore wells were installed during my tenure. I worked to get hospital, schools and a new police station.”

Reply to Sanjay  Shukla’s allegation
“My opponent Sanjay Shukla is a goon, as criminal cases were registered against him including booth capturing in which he was acquitted anyhow. Shukla had alleged that ticket was sold by his party. People fear Shukla family in Indore-I due to their hooliganism and support to goons. Shukla alleged that works in constituency were done by IMC, IDA. This means that he accepts that work was done.”

No colony legalised, doesn’t have 10 works worth mentioning: Sanjay Shukla

Sanjay Shukla:
“I do not believe in speaking but in work. I am in position to ask questions as Sudarshan Gupta is sitting MLA for 10 years. He and his government allowed illegal colonies to mushroom. Instead of taking action against colonisers, they supported them and befooled people. Gupta had promised to legalise illegal colonies in 2013 but nothing was done. As a corporator, I got country’s biggest illegal colony Sudama Nagar, legalised. Gupta cannot even mention 10 works he did in constituency. Water scarcity is major problem, which remains unsolved.”

His promises, reply
“I promise to install 600 bore wells within three months of coming to power. I will start pathology labs with my own expenses in area and will spend all salary and MLA’s fund for girls’ education and meritorious students. No criminal case has been proved against me. I am a businessman and have no relationship with goons. If Gupta has any proofs, he should make them public.”

Shukla also said…

  • Except me and my wife, everyone in my family is a BJP activist
  • Gupta has put allegations on my father Vishnu Prasad who is his party’s leader. He is levelling allegations against his own party
  • Gupta follows Arya Samaj but fools people in the name of Chunari Yatra

Gupta also said…

  • I follow Arya Samaj and I am an atheist. I used to perform puja and yagna regularly. Shukla doesn’t know anything about Arya Samaj
  • Fake audio and videos are circulating against me but people will reply to Congress on voting day
  • I ensured that goons get jailed. I did not support them

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