Ujjain: Preparations for the BJP’s long awaited Jan Ashirwad Yatra have literally changed the city into the party’sheadquarters. BJP national president Amit Shah and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will arrive in the city for the ‘yatra’ for which room-sized hoardings have been displayed throughout Ujjain.

However, these preparations have disrupted the normal functioning of the city and residents have been largely inconvenienced by it. Chamunda Mata Chouraha, for instance, displays a huge hoarding portraying activities and works done by the BJP. The hoarding has disrupted the day to day life of ordinary citizens as it has posed major traffic hazards, paving way for accidents. Citizens have raised questions on the intention of the government, which has been facilitating leaders rather than residents, who are bearing the brunt of the massive preparations.

Apart from that, whole Government machinery has been deployed to look after the preparations for the yatra and creating difficulties for citizens. Several trees have also been cut down in the areas surrounding Nanakheda stadium to prepare for Amit Shah’s address.  Residents near the stadium have raised questions on the need of cutting of trees. Due to heavy rainfall, the stadium has been covered with mud, hindering passages and also obstructing the arrangements for the meeting.

Cong corporator to move court

Congress corporator Shailendra Singh Kushwaha Binu has charged that the BJP has thrown the rule book to the wind, so as to make Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra successful. He said the entire Stadium had been destroyed for the arrangements of public meeting on July 14. According to him 5 to 6 old trees have been axed and about 250 dumpers of grit have been spread on the venue.

Dozens of pipes are being laid  and motor pumps are being pressed into service to drain out rain water. He charged that the basic works in all 54 wards of the city were being stopped on the pretext of lack of funds, while on the other hand the Ujjain Municipal Corporation was spending huge sums to make arrangements for the BJP’s politically motivated event. Kushwaha said he would soon file a petition in court in this context.

Nothing wrong being done: Tomar

Meanwhile, Union minister and State BJP’s election campaign committee chairman Narendra Singh Tomar refuted all the allegations pertaining to misuse of government machinery. During a press conference, when he was asked about the misuse of government machinery in the name of Jan Ashirwad Yatra, he said although the Yatra was being taken out by the BJP, the government machinery was discharging duty as the CM was leading it.

“To accomplish the CM’s programme and look after transportation and security arrangements are part of administrative functioning,” he clarified. Tomar also lashed out at the Congress for making allegations that green trees were cut at the Nanakheda Stadium for the public meeting on July 14. “Congress only believes in making false allegations,” he quipped.

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