Bhopal: A controversy has erupted in Madhya Pradesh after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan allocated 10,000 sq ft land in Bhopal’s industrial area to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-linked organisation. The move was protested by senior Congress leader in the state Digvijaya Singh, who claimed that a park was being sacrificed for the same.
Singh, 75, led a protest with the support of his volunteers and confronted the police. The Madhya Pradesh Congress alleged suppression by the chief minister after water cannons were used on the protesters.
“As former Chief Minister Digvijay Singh ji and other senior leaders who came to protest against giving the park land to the RSS, Shivraj reminded them of the British Raj by using a water cannon. Shivraj sir, demonstration is a given right in a democracy, Congressmen are not afraid of your repression,” it posted.
Singh alleged the park worth crore of rupees was given to the RSS-linked body merely for Re 1.
“The park of Govindpura Industrial Area worth crores of rupees, in which Babulalji Gaur, I and Shivraj ‘Mamu’ himself planted saplings, has now been giving by Mamu to Small and Medium Industries Bharti even after the opposition of Industrial Area Association for Re 1. This is the only park in which the workers take their lunch,” he said in a post on Twitter (roughly translated from Hindi.)
“Trees in the park were cut down and burnt. I came to see myself. I did not ask Shivraj Mamu for an appointment with the delegation of the Industrial Association. Tried talking on the phone. Didn’t pick up the phone. Don’t know what is the reason Mamu neither meets nor takes phone calls nor answers letters,” he added.
“This is the industrial area of BHEL’s Ancillaries manufacturing which was approved by the then Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru ji on the request of Dr. Shankar Dayal ji Sharma,” Singh tweeted.
Courtesy – Timesnownews