Cong will lose its shrinking base in Madhya Pradesh with cheap talk: Tomar

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar

Hitting back at the Congress for

taunting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan as "nange bhooke ghar ka" (from a poverty-stricken household), Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday said the opposition party will further lose its base among masses by indulging in "cheap talk".

Addressing an election campaign rally on Sunday in Rajpur in Ashoknagar, Congress farmers' cell leader Dinesh Gurjar highlighted Chouhan's humble origins and that of "big industrialist" former chief minister Kamal Nath.

"You (Congress) indulge in such cheap talk as you have nothing else to say. Is it a sin to be a poor in this country? Kamal Nath may belong to an influential family but what has he done for the state?" the agriculture minister told reporters.

He said Chouhan earned his position through toil and the state has progressed under him.

"People will evaluate Chouhan on the basis of his developmental work and not on the basis of statements made by a Congress leader. The Congress should desist from making such cheap comments or else it will lose their remaining base too in the state," Tomar said.

He said the BJP is better-placed than the Congress to win November 3 bypolls to 28 assembly seats in the state.

"People have seen their (Congress) 15-month misrule during which corruption was at its peak. Tall promises made during elections (in 2018) remained unfulfilled. Everyone from Shyamla Hills (CM's residence) to down the line was indulged in looting the state," Tomar said, adding that people will vote for the BJP for bringing development.

He further said Nath had failed to keep the Congress' pre-poll promise of waiving loans of farmers.

"On the contrary, the BJP is a farmer-friendly party which has taken a slew of measures for the welfare of farmers like giving Rs 4,000 from its side to beneficiaries of the PM Kisan Kalyan Nidhi, due to which farmers are now getting Rs 10,000," he said.

Hailing new farm laws, Tomar said PM Narendra Modi is working hard to make agriculture a profitable profession.

"Congress has been adopting double standards on the issue. It makes a certain announcement in its poll manifesto and talks about something else on the ground. No farmer in the country is supporting the Congress' agitation on the issue," he added.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel