BHUBANESWAR: The ruling BJD and the opposition Congress on Saturday came down heavily on Madhaya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for his criticism against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
Reacting to Chauhan's remark at a Bargarh rally that development of Odisha is not possible as long as BJD is in power, BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Dev said the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister has no moral authority to advise others so long his hands are stained with farmers' blood.
Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister and BJD vice-president SN Patro said Chauhan should concentrate on his own state where his Government is killing farmers.Addressing a 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' sammelan, Chauhan said the State has remained poor despite bountiful natural and human resources. The State's progress is not possible till the BJD is in power.
Describing Chauhan as symbol of corruption, president of OPCC Prasad Harichandan said the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister should not give sermon to other when his government was neck deep in the `1,200 crore Vyapam scam.
"It is like the pot calling the kettle black," Harichandan said adding, the Vyapam scam has earned the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister the sobriquet "Vyapam Singh Chauhan".
Harichandan said Manmohan Singh used to work silently without making tall talks as is being done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Without naming previous Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chauhan in his speech said, "Earlier, a prime minister was mute. Now, we have a prime minister who works day and night for the development of the country."
"Why the Prime Minister who has been tweeting on all and sundry issues is silent on the issue of farmers' killing in Madhya Pradesh?," Harichandan wondered.Claiming that the previous UPA Government has raised the MSP of paddy from `450 to `1,450 a quintal, Harichandan said the NDA Government has failed to keep its promise made to farmers. The Centre is yet to implement the recommendation of the Swaminathan Committee which had suggested to increase the MSP by 150 per cent.