'Shallow acts' have reduced Congress rule to only two states in India, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Indore: Hitting back at Congress leader Kamal Nath for "writing" to Lord Shiva to seek an end to the "misrule" in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said such "shallow" tactics have caused the Opposition party's downfall.

File image of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

File image of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. AFP

"My friend in the Congress is opposing (us) for no reason. After being unable to find any fault with me, he wrote a letter to Lord Mahakal (Shiva)," Chouhan told reporters on the second day of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Indore. "Such shallow acts have turned the party into Congress (P), reducing it to the two small states of Punjab and Puducherry, wiping it out from rest of India... Mahakal is not propitiated by letters. He will be propitiated by worship."

As both parties are gearing up for the Assembly polls later this year, Nath, the state Congress chief, addressed a "letter" to the deity two days ago, urging it to bless people so they can vote out the BJP and end its 15-year "misrule".

To the Congress' claim that Madhya Pradesh is reeling under a debt of Rs 1.90 lakh crore, Chouhan said the party is not aware that states qualify for loans only after meeting the Centre's criteria to assess the financial health. "It is a globally accepted practise to take loans for development. We can not wait till eternity to complete development projects," he added.

Describing the state Congress as a divided house, Chouhan said it needed to take out an "Ekta Yatra" (Unity March) only because it is ridden with factions.

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Updated Date: Jul 15, 2018 18:16:25 IST

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