Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath
had said that the state's finances were in a mess when the Congress formed the government in December last year. A year has passed and the state government is still struggling to fund its development projects. Many projects including the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin, the Bhopal-Indore six-lane expressway, and some road projects are waiting for funds. The same is the case with other departments like the Public Health Engineering Department, Public Works Department, and that of water resources. The government dropped the plan for a new Bhopal-Indore expressway because it needed Rs 6,000 crore to complete the project. Earlier in July 2019, soon after presenting the state Budget, MP Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot had slammed the former government for spending lavishly.
Senior politicians of all ideological hues attended an event to mark the 100th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister, the late I K Gujral, held in New Delhi on Wednesday. Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar was the star attraction as political leaders milled around to congratulate him for his recent exploits in Maharashtra. There were jokes about Delhi's traffic situation and much laughter when those gathered learnt that former president Pranab Mukherjee was stuck in traffic. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was seen chatting with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the dais.