Number of 'Jumlas' will swell ahead of LS polls: Ashok Chavan
Nagpur, Jan 13 (PTI)Launching a sarcastic attack on
ruling BJP, the Congress in Maharashtra Sunday said the
government will unleash new set of "jumlas" (gimmicks) like
quota for the general category, in the run-up to Lok Sabha
Addressing a programme marking culmination of the
Ashok Chavan said his party's electoral victory in Madhya
Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan has busted the myth that
BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are invincible.
"People are fed up with Modi government, they have
lost patience. Now 'jumla' series number 2 has started-
reservation for the general category. I wonder how many
announcements will be made in the next 60 days, but they won't
work as the next government will be ours. These 'jumlas' will
come out through media but you will have to see the facts," he
told a gathering.
The Parliament recently cleared a Constituional
amendment bill granting 10 per cent reservation to the
Economically Backward Class (EBC) among the general category.
Accusing the BJP of being power drunk, Chavan said the
Congress never used arrogant language like the BJP despite
being in power for decades.
"Has party president Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi ever
used such language like 'ukhad denge, fek denge'?" he asked
He also criticised the government over withdrawal of
the invitation of noted author Nayantra Sahgal for the 92nd
Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, which concluded Sunday in Yavatmal.
"Have we ever heard that litterateurs being stopped
from expressing their views at literary meets fearing
criticism? Government faces criticism from litterateurs many
times on such platforms. They have the freedom of speech. Who
has given the government the right to prevent authors from
speaking?" he questionned.
This is violation of democracy but the people should
show the government what real democracy is by voting Congress
back to power, he said.
The former chief minister said he was told that the
BJP will use the "money power" to retain its rule in
Maharashtra in upcoming assembly polls.
"But I want to tell BJP that the people of Maharashtra
are not for sale. You think you can buy them.... people have
seen through all your 'jumlas'," he said, adding that people
are fed up with the "false promises" of the BJP governments.