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Jyotiraditya Scindia sticks to demands as Kamal Nath dares him to launch protest against MP govt

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A day after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath dared fellow Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia to hit the streets against non-fulfilment of promises made in the party’s manifesto, Scindia has once again repeated his threat to protest.

Speaking to reporters in Gwalior on Sunday evening, Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “I knew that you would ask this question but let me tell you I am a public servant and we made certain promises in our manifesto in the run up to the state elections. It has been more than a year and if those promises are not met we will have to protest.”

Scindia, however, refused to spell out when and how he will stage this protest.

Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Saturday, while speaking to reporters in Delhi, had dared Scindia to go ahead with this protest.

Jyotiraditya Scindia for the fast couple of months has been raising the issue of farmer loan waiver that Congress had promised to implement within 10 days of assuming office. Congress had won the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections in 2018 and Kamal Nath was appointed the CM while both Scindia and he were the frontrunners.

Meanwhile, PTI has reported Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia are expected to meet this week to sort out their differences.

The Kamal Nath government claims that close to 25 lakh farmers have already benefitted from the loan waiver scheme in the first phase of its implementation. The process for the loan waiver was initiated within hours of Kamal Nath taking charge of the office of chief minister of Madhya Pradesh but scheme was designed in such a manner that it created confusion amongst the beneficiaries, thus creating angst rather than goodwill for the government.

The government now claims that the second phase of the scheme is already underway and that loan of remaining farmers up to Rs 2 lakh would be waived off.

“We have already waived off loans of more than 25 lakh farmers, the second phase has been launched and it’s just been a little over one year for us in power. By the end of the fifth year all promises made in the manifesto would be fulfilled,” GAD minister Govind Sing said while defending his government even as he accepted that the state was passing through an acute financial crisis.

“The little delay that has happened is because of the stressful financial condition that the BJP left Madhya Pradesh with,” he added.

Most of the welfare schemes of the state are getting adversely impacted because of the financial stress. Other than the loan waiver, the “Mukhya Manyri Kanyadan Yojna”and the “Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna have also been impacted.”

Under the “Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojna the government increased the financial help from Rs 25,000 to Rs 51,000 to put its stamp on the scheme but has failed to give any money to most beneficiaries who have been listed.

The state government has also put on hold the “Mukhya Mantri Teerth Darshan Yojna” because of financial reasons but the government gave a weird reason of school exams when asked about the scheme on Sunday.

“We are not doing away with the ‘Teertha Darshan Yojna’, it is just being put on hold because of school exams and a new format of the scheme would be announced soon,” Law minister PC Sharma said.

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