March 5, 2016 12:00:16 am
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday knocked down the ‘already weak’ opposition in the House, in her reply on a debate on Governor’s address, listing out with facts the “differences” in BJP and Congress’ approaches to governance, even as the opposition benches sat quietly with barely an answer to her statements and allegations.
Since Monday, when Governor Kalyan Singh had read out his address on the opening day of the budget session, members of the House had held a discussion on the address, often interrupted by boycott and disruption by Congress over alleged derogatory comments made by BJP MLAs on Rahul Gandhi.
On Friday, Raje said that she had heard the opposition but pointed out that it critically lacked “constructive criticism” and was peddling lies just to appear to be countering the government. Throughout her nearly 95 minute address, Raje repeatedly contrasted the governance of the previous Congress government with her two years in power by listing facts and evidence, underlying the difference in “proactive approach” of BJP and “reactive approach” of Congress.
“We repealed 61 principal Acts and 187 amendment Acts (which were obsolete).Under Sarkar Aapke Dwar, we resolved 21,45,000 cases and 61 panchayats became litigation-free. On State Highways and district roads, you spent Rs 1,000 crores in two years, and we spent Rs 2,900 crores in the same period. We repaired and upgraded 4,000 kilometres and your figure was 2,000 kilometres. We connected 1,282 religious places with pucca roads and you barely connected 174 in two years – in all five years, you connected 563 religious places. We built 6,319 kilometres under PMGSY in two years, and your figure was 1,711 kilometres.” Raje said, with barely any opposition by the opposition.
Earlier, leader of opposition Rameshwar Dudi had attacked the government over Barmer refinery, alleging that it has been put on the backburner by the government. Dudi said the government claimed to have signed MoU worth lakhs of crores under Resurgent Rajasthan but is avoiding implementing the Rs 40,000 crore project since it had been conceptualised by Congress. He also said the delegates who had come for Resurgent Rajasthan told him it appeared that the Centre and the state don’t get along very well as the Prime Minister gave it a miss.
In her address, Raje claimed that land for as much as 60 per cent of the nearly Rs 3.35 lakh crore MoUs has been selected, while the Bureau of Investment Promotion barely signed two MoUs in Congress’ five years of power. Raje also deconstructed the ‘unviable’ mathematics of Barmer refinery, in detail, as proposed by Congress, and also made a veiled attack at the party over recent Jat protests for reservation in Bharatpur and Dholpur, once again highlighting how Congress never did anything substantial for reservations while her government had been proactively taking the legal route to implement reservation for EBCs and SBCs.
On her government’s vision, she said the importance of long term development outdoes the “knee-jerk” benefits obtained from short term ideas. “Rajasthan discoms are currently in a Rs 80,000-crore loss precisely for the same reason,” she said.
“There is some difference between your and our thinking.you had set up your mind and levelled personal allegations against us while in power.you wanted to decimate the opposition. You even established the Mathur Commission but your thinking was exposed for everyone to see,” the CM said, adding that she instead has always told her cabinet and the bureaucracy to take action “only after considering the merits and demerits of any case.”
The only major disruption in her speech came from independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal, who was then whisked away by marshals upon instructions from the Speaker. Raje will now present the state budget on Tuesday, March 8.
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