Chhattisgarh: no-confidence motion against Congress government rejected

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

The House witnessed a heated debate over the no-confidence motion as opposition members targeted the Congress government for its ‘infighting’, alleged corruption and failure to deliver on its poll promises, while that the ruling party rejected accusations that the opposition had failed to come up with any concrete problem.

The BJP presented an 84-point “indictment card” against the state government during the 1 p.m. debate on the motion, which was voted down after midnight.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel responded to the debate before the motion was defeated. Opposition leader Dharam Lal Kaushik filed the indictment in the House.

Initiating the debate, senior BJP MP Brijmohan Agrawal denounced the Congress government and said the no-confidence motion was brought because a minister had himself expressed distrust of Chief Minister Baghel. Neither the CM trusts his cabinet colleagues nor the administration trusts the government, he claimed.

“Why didn’t the chief minister kick out this minister? The CM doesn’t have the courage. Even the minister didn’t have the courage and wanted to stick to the cabinet,” said Agrawal. He was referring to Minister TS Singh Deo, who resigned on July 16 from the panchayat and rural development department, one of the four portfolios he held, saying he was sidelined.

In a four-page letter to the chief minister, Singh Deo had cited various reasons saying he was unable to achieve the department’s goals as per the vision of the Jan Ghoshna Patra (survey manifesto), given the “current scenario”. and expressed his disappointment. on the non-application of. Singh Deo remained absent from the Assembly during the current monsoon session.

Agrawal claimed that the state was in debt shock of Rs 1.75 lakh crore due to financial mismanagement.

Citing claims made by the minister in his letter to the CM, Agrawal alleged that the state government had ripped off 18 lakh from the poorhouses, to which they were entitled under Prime Minister Aawas Yojana (PMAY) as the funds under the State shares were not provided. for the diet. He said a committee headed by the chief secretary has been constituted to approve the work of the panchayat department against business rule.

“How can officials give a nod to work approved by a minister?” He asked. He also made allegations against the government on several fronts. Amid interruptions from ruling party members, Agrawal said he had been a member of the assembly for 33 years and had taken part in at least 10 debates on the no-confidence motion despite never having been faced with this kind of disruption.

Refuting the charges, Chhattisgarh Congress leader and MP Mohan Markam said the state government had delivered on 30 of its 36 poll promises over the past three and a half years. He highlighted the government’s achievements and said that the Congress government had waived farmers’ loans and provided Rs 2,500 per quintal to farmers against buying their paddy at the support price.

He claimed that the unemployment rate has dropped significantly in the state. He alleged that the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) were indulging in dividing people and society.

Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey said people’s confidence in the Congress government has grown as the government has done what it promised. The BJP, in its indictment, claimed that the income tax department raided the premises of a coal trader, close to the ruling party and others, and discovered an illegal collection of money on the transport of coal in the state.

It is clear from the press release released by the IT after the raids that coal mafias are flourishing in the state and an unjust collection of thousands or crores has been made over the past three years under the protection of the government, he alleged.

The BJP has also claimed scams in different state government schemes and departments. BJP MP Ajay Chandrakar’s remark that the holiday declared on World Indigenous Peoples Day was politically motivated, drew criticism from the Treasury benches.

Congressmen demanded an apology from Chandrakar, saying his remarks insulted the tribals.

CM Baghel also said that the member (Chandrakar) indulged in several comments showing contempt towards the tribal community and against its cabinet member Kawasi Lakhma.

On the President’s direction, Chandrakar said that if his statement made inside or outside the House hurt anyone, he apologized wholeheartedly.

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