The proposed rally of the opposition INDIA alliance in Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal in the first week of October has been cancelled, top Congress leader and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath said today. Discussions regarding the rally are going on with the Congress President and other partners of the INDIA alliance, Congress General Secretary Randeep Surjewala said, adding that no final decision has been taken on when and where it will now be held.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed the INDIA alliance cancelled its first rally as people are angry that they “insulted” Sanatana Dharma.
“The people of MP will not tolerate this insult to Sanatana. Understand that our faith has been attacked. This attack will not be tolerated at any cost. There is public anger, hence the rally was cancelled. People will not let this go,” he said, adding that there is no strength in the alliance’s leadership.
Taking a swipe at the Congress, Mr Chouhan said there’s a lot of chaos within the grand old party, and people are fighting over whose photo is included in posters.
“In BJP, everyone is involved in working during elections,” he added.
The two Congress leaders were addressing the media in Bhopal regarding their party’s state-wide ‘Jan Akrosh Yatra’, which translates to public anger march, ahead of assembly elections in the state.
Seven Jan Akrosh Yatras of the Congress will start on Ganesh Chaturthi, which is on September 19, the party said. They will cover 11,400 kilometres in all 230 assembly segments of Madhya Pradesh in 15 days. The yatras will be led by senior leaders, including veteran Congress leader and leader of opposition (LoP) in the Madhya Pradesh assembly Dr Govind Singh.
Other leaders who will lead the yatras include ex-union ministers Arun Yadav, Kantilal Bhuria, Suresh Pachouri, Congress Working Committee member Kamleshwar Patel, ex-MP minister Jeetu Patwari, and former LoP Ajay Singh ‘Rahul’.
Asked who will be the Chief Minister if Congress comes to power in the state, Congress national general secretary in-charge for MP, Randeep Surjewala, pointed towards Kamal Nath, who was seated next to him. Though the party’s top decision-making body, the CWC, will decide whether Kamal Nath will contest the elections, Mr Surjewala said.