Bhopal, October 12: As the crisis in Madhya Pradesh Congress has snowballed into a full-fledged war, Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday responded to Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh who had questioned him on issues of farm loan waiver and stray cattle. Addressing Congress workers in Bhind on Friday, Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the Kamal Nath government has not waived loans of all farmers as it promised ahead of state polls. Jyotiraditya Scindia Has This Message For Kamal Nath Amid Feud Within Madhya Pradesh Congress.
Reacting to Scindia's remark, Nath on Saturday said that the exercise of waiving farm loans was to be done in a phased manner. "He (Scindia) is right. We had said we will waive off Rs 50,000 in first instalment. Then we will waive off upto Rs 2 lakh. I agree that it was a promise of Rs 2 lakh," the Chief Minister said, adding that the public has trust in him. Apart from Scindia, Nath had come under attack from senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Madhya Pradesh Congress Feud: Digvijaya Singh Breaks Silence, Urges Kamal Nath And Sonia Gandhi to Maintain Discipline.
Sharing a picture of stray cows, the former Chief Minister raised the issue of stray cows on Bhopal-Indore highway which leads to accidents."This is a picture of the Bhopal Indore highway where stray cow sit and die almost every day in an accident. Where are our cow lowers and cow protectors? The MP government should immediately remove these stray cows from the roads and send them to cow sanctuaries or cow shelters," Singh tweeted on Friday.
Responding to Singh's tweet, Nath apprised him about the concern he raised over stray cows and said: "Dear Digjiyaya Ji, you mentioned about the accident of cows sitting on Bhopal-Indore highway. I have asked officials to make a plan about the security of cows on main roads. Construction work of 1000 cow shelters is underway. We have set a target of constructing 3000 cow shelters by next year."
The Chief Minister continued, "After this, the numbers of cows sitting on roads will be reduced. I am concerned about it. We are planning a scheme to make main cities free from stray animals. It is also true that for us, cows are a symbol of faith and pride and not for politics. We want to do the work which has not been done in years to protect cows."
Congress's Madhya Pradesh unit is witnessing infighting over state president's post. Nath has held Madhya Pradesh Congress chief's post for more than 17 months now while Scindia's loyalists want him to be handed the reins. Nath and Singh may have many differences but they are apparently together against Scindia.