Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday, October 29 said the Congress party handing over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government a bimaru or sick state in 2003, which he claimed to have transformed into a developed one.
"The Congress had destroyed Madhya Pradesh. With a lot of efforts, we have changed it from a bimaru state into a developed state. We have to make it enriched now," Chouhan told reporters here.
Chouhan also urged people to vote for the BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections, so as to "take Madhya Pradesh forward."
"I request people to vote for the BJP so that we can take Madhya Pradesh forward," the Chief Minister said.
Earlier, BJP president Amit Shah had also alleged that it was the Congress government which made Madhya Pradesh a "bimaru state". The elections, which were earlier seen as a direct political battle between the ruling BJP and the Congress party, is now seeing many political parties coming to the fray.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led government will try to win for the fourth consecutive term, while the Congress will be fighting to regain power, which it lost in 2003. The single phase assembly polls in the state will be held on November 28 to elect representatives of 230 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11.
Last week, addressing a gathering of party workers, Chouhan said, "We have taken the state of Madhya Pradesh forward but we will have to make it the best state in the country. We have to abolish poverty from the state in the next five years, build houses for the poor. I am confident that the BJP will again come to power in Madhya Pradesh."
Madhya Pradesh assembly polls will be held on November 28, 2018, to elect representatives of the 230 constituencies. The counting of votes will take place on December 11, 2018.
"In 2003 when we formed government, the condition of Madhya Pradesh was miserable. Congress had pushed the state in darkness. We have put our efforts into the development of the state. The economy that had sunk was strengthened and revived by us," Chouhan said at a rally here.