BJP carves out separate unit for Bundelkhand
The Bharatiya Janata Party has carved out a separate
Bundelkhand unit in its organisational structure. The decision is a step to
endorse separate statehood to the region and was applauded by Charkhari MLA and
former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Uma Bharti while addressing the concluding
speech at the state BJP working committee meeting at Chitrakoot.
Later, talking to media persons, state BJP chief Laxmikant
Bajpayi said the party was in favour of smaller states, but the same should be
carved out through appropriate procedure. He added that feedback from party
workers on Lok Sabha candidates would be taken by April-end and in all
likelihood the shortlisted names would be sent to central office by May. A total
of 16 teams have been formed each being given the task of covering five Lok
Sabha seats, said said Bajpayi. The 'gaon chalo abhiyan' of the party will be
carried out in May and June, he added.
Earlier, the BJP's Bundelkhand resolution promised the people
that if voted to power, the BJP would ensure water in every home in the
drought-hit region. The BJP resolution also promised that tribes in the area
would be given forest rights.
On the occasion, the BJP resolution also focused on the
plight of farmers claiming the poor state of affairs in the region had resulted
in around 1,660 farmers committing suicide from 2004 to 2012. Congress, Bahujan
Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party were responsible for the economic backwardness
of Bundelkhand region, the BJP resolution claimed. Citing reasons, the BJP
resolution claimed that only Rabi crop was sown in the region wherever the land
was irrigated through tubewells. But the state government has been charging
electricity bills for the entire year. Similarly, farmers have not received
benefit of agricultural loan waiver scheme launched by the Centre, the BJP
Lauding the separate Bundelkhand unit, national
vice-president of BJP Uma Bharti said lot of money had come to Bundelkhand
region. "I have information that 80% of the fund could not be utilised," Uma
said, adding that people of the region will have to fight two battles-one to
ascertain the reason funds lapsed and secondly to establish whether 20% per cent
of the funds claimed to have been utilised were used the right way or not.
The BJP state working committee also passed another
resolution which focused on the state of affairs in the state in particular and
country in general.
A day after mutual admiration for each other's party
ideologues, the state Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday hit out at Akhilesh-led
Samajwadi Party government in the state claiming that law and order had failed
Courtesy : Times of India