Madhya Pradesh is emerging as the “capital of rape, unemployment and farmers suffering” of the country, says former chief minister Kamal Nath. Slamming the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government, the state Congress chief on Sunday said that the state was passing through turbulent times and emerging as the country’s “capital of rape, unemployment and farmers suffering”.
The ruling BJP, however hitting back at Nath said that he should stop making “irresponsible” statements. The party said the Chouhan government was sternly acting against the perpetrators of crime against women in the state.
“Madhya Pradesh has become the national capital of rape, unemployed people and farmers’ suffering. All of us are witnessing it”, Nath told reporters.
Kamal Nath was responding to a query about rising incidents of rape in the state. In the recent past a Dalit woman had committed suicide in Narsinghpur district after she was allegedly gang-raped.
He said the condition of the state was “worrisome” as all sections of the society were in trouble.
“While young people are in trouble, the farmers and businessmen are also in trouble. Women are insecure. Madhya Pradesh has never ever witnessed such a chaotic scene,” he added.
‘Have complete faith in people’
When asked about the possibility of the Congress returning to power in Madhya Pradesh, after the November 3 bypolls to 28 constituencies, Nath said, he had complete faith in the people.
“They will give a befitting reply to the BJP. People of MP are simple, but not fools,” Nath said.
“The people of the state had voted the BJP out of power in December 2018, and Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sent back home after 15 years,” the veteran Congress leader said.
“The mandate came as a response to his lies… Shivraj ji has been telling lies since last seven months,” he added.
Over his government’s ouster in March, Nath said “Madhya Pradesh stands witness to the deals struck… offers by way of which the government was formed. The democracy is sinking, the Constitution is sinking and MP is sinking,” he added.
He said the state was passing through turbulent times.
State BJP chief spokesperson Deepak Vijayvargiya, however criticised Nath. “Nath should stop making irresponsible statements,” he said.
“Rape is a social evil and such incidents pose a challenge to the society. MP CM Chouhan is dealing with crimes against women with iron hands. The state had witnessed lies and loot during the 15 months of Nath government rule in the state,” he added.