Addressing an election rally at Bagre Kasa village in Dongargaon assembly constituency, Bhupesh Baghel announced free electricity up to 200 units. (Madhuparna Das/News18)
Predicting a clean sweep for Congress in the first phase, the chief minister said his party won 17 of the 20 assembly constituencies in 2018 but would do better this year
“The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is biased in its approach. Why did it not initiate a case against ex-chief minister Raman Singh and his wife in the PDS scam? It only acts selectively,” said Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel in an exclusive interview to News18.
“There were so many complaints against Raman Singh and his wife. There were so many scams that took place during his 15-year tenure as the chief minister. Complaints were also filed against his son Abhishek Singh in connection with the chit fund case. However, there has been no action. ED only acts selectively and is biased,” Baghel added.
Predicting a clean sweep for Congress in the first phase, the chief minister said his party won 17 of the 20 assembly constituencies in 2018. “But this election, we will do even better. We will sweep this election,” he said.
Baghel also accused Raman Singh of running a “commission-based government”. “They took commission for everything. It was a unique way of extorting people. They asked for commission to make a ration card, for government certificates and for every service. People had to give a cut for every purchase, from buying a mobile phone to shoes. This was Raman Singh’s ‘commission raj’. This was the reason people voted him out,” he added.
Baghel, the Wish Tree?
In the past two weeks, Baghel and his party leaders have announced multiple cash benefit schemes for the people.
Addressing an election rally at Bagre Kasa village in Dongargaon assembly constituency, he announced free electricity up to 200 units. He also raised the annual allowance for labourers from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 and announced loan waivers for women’s self-help groups. Rahul Gandhi has already announced farm loan waivers worth Rs 23,000 crore which will benefit 26 lakh farmers. Gandhi also announced a hike in the procurement price of paddy.
Even though the leaders continue to announce schemes and pre-election promises, Congress is yet to release its manifesto. (Madhuparna Das/News18)
Even though the leaders continue to announce schemes and pre-election promises, Congress is yet to release its manifesto. When asked about the party’s election manifesto, Baghel said, “Manifesto will be released soon. However, we have already announced so many schemes for people. Did BJP announce anything as of now? We are anyway ahead,” he told News 18.
Baghel added that his government will even waive off commercial taxes worth Rs 726 crore. The government has spent Rs 5.75 lakh crore in direct benefit transfer over five years, a source close to the chief minister said.