Indore: The ‘ Face- to- Face’ programme, organised by Indore Press Club here on Wednesday, turned into a blame- game between the two candidates of Indore II– BJP’s sitting MLA Ramesh Mendola and Chhotu Shukla of the Congress.
“ My predecessors were defeated from Indore II because they never trusted party workers and the party also never fielded strong candidates from here but now the party has chosen me and I will work as per the direction of the party,” Shukla said. He was confident that his party workers would ensure his win from this constituency.
The Congress candidate also said that residents of Indore II had been living in fear of Kailash- Mendola and their group members. Shukla said Indore II was once a Congress citadel but in the absence of strong candidates, it could not maintain its winning momentum.
“ Elected leaders are only selling dreams to residents but they fail to act once they get elected.” He was critical about illegal colonies, which are mushrooming in the area under the shelter of Mendola.. Shukla also alleged that the ruling BJP had bought votes by offering ‘ saree’ and ‘ puri’ but this time voters want development and they won’t fall into the traps of the BJP. Turning the heat on Shukla, BJP’s Mendola said: “ We believe voters as Gods and I think it is an insult if we say voters are bought.” “ Ten years ago, our state has a ‘ Bantadhar CM’ who virtually destroyed the state but CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan has been taking the state towards development,” Mendola said.
The BJP candidate further said that there is no fear in his constituency and this is the reason why big malls, hotels, commercial complex and even IT giants like TCS and Infosys have established in his constituency.
Mendola tried to evade questions on increasing crime in the area with his claims of development. Answering a question on Hukumchand Mills, he said that the govt had already taken decision in favour of labourers of the Mill.
BRTS must be demolished: Mendola, Shukla
Both the candidates agreed that BRTS is a blunder it should be removed as soon as possible. “ Although, public transport is important but authorities must go for other options,” they agreed.