Chhattisgarh: No Confidence Motion Against Congress Government Rejected

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The opposition BJP’s no-confidence motion against the Congress government in Chhattisgarh, where polls are due next year, was defeated by voice vote in the state assembly on Thursday.

The House witnessed a heated debate over the no-confidence motion as opposition members targeted the congressional government for its “infighting”, tax raids in the state, allegations of corruption and the no – compliance with its survey promises.

The Treasury benches dismissed the charges, saying the opposition had found no concrete problem.

The BJP on Wednesday presented an 84-point “indictment card” against the state government during the 1 p.m. debate on the motion, which was defeated by voice vote after midnight at around 1:15 a.m. The chief minister Bhupesh Baghel called opposition accusations false and said his government was doing welfare programs
“keep the individual at the center”.

Baghel said his government has been working in this direction to free the state from malnutrition and provide quality education, health facilities and job opportunities over the past three and a half years. Responding to the discussions, the chief minister attacked the BJP, accusing it of engaging in vendetta politics.

“I respect the central (investigative) agencies, but what if they work with a biased approach? In the National Herald case, your (BJP) intention is just to harass (the Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi),” he said.

Why didn’t the Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate take action in the civilian procurement scam (uncovered during the previous BJP government in Chhattisgarh led by Raman Singh) then that she had registered a case in this regard? asked the CM.

“Over Rs 5,000 crore from the people of Chhattisgarh was looted by investment fund companies under the previous government. Why didn’t the ED probe considering this was a money laundering case. I have written to the prime minister and the finance minister asking for action in the chit fund affair,” he said.

The Chhattisgarh government is not playing a revenge policy, he said.

“It is Delhi (BJP government in the Centre) that is doing blood feud politics and dealing in horses,” he alleged.

Against BJP accusations of rising conversion cases and lack of action by Congress government in Chhattisgarh, Baghel claimed that 95% of churches in the state were built under the previous BJP government .

“The BJP should check how many churches were built during its 15-year rule (2003-2018). I can say that 95% of them were put in place during their reign,” he said.

“The BJP had carried the anti-conversion bill in 2012 in the state. It was brought while conversions were taking place at that time,” the CM said, adding that his government will not allow peace and brotherhood to be disturbed in the state.

He further claimed that despite being in power for 15 years, the “BJP has failed to understand the soul of Chhattisgarh, the wishes of the people and the dreams of our ancestors.”

When the Congress was elected to power in Chhattisgarh (in 2018), it inherited several problems, including 14 districts affected by Naxal, 18% slums and 40% poverty, Baghel noted.

He said the Congress government was working with a vision of a three-pronged “trust, development and security” strategy.

The Naxals are under pressure and moving from Chhattisgarh to neighboring states, Baghel claimed.

“The state government has been working with the idea of ​​’Gadhbo Nava Chhattisgarh’ (creation of a new Chhattisgarh). We have taken out loans for the welfare schemes of farmers and citizens of the state. We make plans keeping an individual at the center,” he said.

“In 15 years of (BJP) rule, they couldn’t even build a better hospital and a better school,” the CM said.
Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the current Congress government has taken several steps to improve health facilities and education, he said.

“We have launched Haat-Bazaar clinics in rural areas and a slum health care program in urban areas to provide nearby health facilities. Also, Swami Atmanand Government English Medium Schools have been established and are getting a huge response,” he said.

Earlier in the debate, opposition leader Dharmlal Kaushik claimed that the Congress regime had become a government of empty promises and that people had lost faith in him.

The Congress government has failed to deliver on the promises made in its Jan Ghoshna Patra (poll manifesto) and it is unfortunate that the organizer (referring to Minister TS Singh Deo) of the manifesto is not present in the House, has he declared.

On July 16, Singh Deo resigned from the panchayat and rural development department, one of the four portfolios he held, saying he was sidelined.

Kaushik claimed that there is not a single department where corruption does not take place.

“When a minister (referring to Singh Deo) has himself expressed his distrust of the government, then how will the public have confidence?” he said.

There is a situation of “internal differences” within the government, the BJP leader claimed.

Congress has made big promises to waive agricultural loans, but there are still 91,000 farmers who have received
notice to pay their debts, he said.

“The policy of appeasement spoils the atmosphere of the state. The law and order situation has completely collapsed in the state,” Kaushik added.

After discussion, the motion was defeated by voice vote.

Subsequently, President Charan Das Mahant adjourned the Assembly sine die.

The National Assembly’s winter session will likely be held in the second or third week of December, Mahant said.

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