Top Cong leaders curtail speeches, rush to Delhi for election ‘ meeting’

Ujjain: Top Congress leaders, who do not want to leave any stone unturned to dethrone the BJP from the reins of Madhya Pradesh, could spare hardly 42 minutes to address an impressive election rally under their much- hyped ‘ Satta Parivartan atra’ here on Tuesday. Cutting their scheduled time for this divisional headquarters ahead of the Assembly elections, they flew to New Delhi to take part in an urgent meeting.

Top Cong leaders curtail speeches, rush to Delhi for election ‘ meeting’

Contrary to the claims of organisers, people did not turn up for the meeting at Nazar Ali Mill compound. Among the present audience, most were brought from the rural areas by those Congress leaders who are vying for the party tickets from seven constituencies of the district.

City people, however, distanced themselves away from the programme. The people had assumed that the programme would commence after 5.30 pm, but it actually started at 4.33 pm with the speech of Rajya Sabha member Satyavrat Chaturvedi. The programme concluded at 5.15 pm and Union minister Kamal Nath was the last speaker.

According to the scheduled programme, the public meeting was to continue for about two hours and the senior leaders were to go Sanver and Indore after attending road shows in some localities here. From Indore, they were to catch a flight for New Delhi on the same night. However, they advanced their public meeting and the leaders started delivering speeches.

They attacked Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan as well the apathy of State government to address the developmental issues of Ujjain.

Soon after the meeting, senior Congress leaders including Union ministers Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia, AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, former Union minister Suresh Pachauri, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh and others boarded in an air conditioned Tempo Traveler and reached the DRP lines located helipad and from where they left to Indore through two helicopters, where a special plane of Kamal Nath took- off at about 6 pm and carried them to New Delhi.

AICC general secretary and State incharge Mohan Prakash and PCC chief Kantilal Bhuria were already there at Delhi in view of the meeting.

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