The proposed meeting of the opposition INDIA Alliance in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal in the first week of October has been cancelled, top Congress leader and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath said today. Discussions on the meeting are on with the Congress President and other partners of the INDIA alliance, Congress Secretary General Randeep Surjewala said, adding that no final decision has been taken yet on when and where it will be held next.
Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed that the INDIA alliance has canceled its first meeting as people are angry that they have “insulted” Sanatana Dharma.
“The people of parliament will not tolerate this insult from Sanatana. Understand that our faith has been attacked. This attack will not be tolerated at any cost. There is public anger, which is why the meeting has been cancelled. The people will not let this go,” he said, adding that there is no strength in the alliance’s leadership.
In a nod to the Congress, Mr Chouhan said there is a lot of chaos within the grand old party, with people arguing over whose photo is on the posters.
“In the BJP, everyone is involved in the work during the elections,” he added.
The two Congress leaders addressed the media in Bhopal on their party’s state-wide ‘Jan Akrosh Yatra’, which translates to public anger march, ahead of the Assembly elections in the state.
Seven Jan Akrosh Yatras of the Congress will begin on Ganesh Chaturthi, which is on September 19, the party said. They will cover 11,400 kilometers in 15 days across all 230 assembly segments of Madhya Pradesh. 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’.
When asked who will be the chief minister if Congress comes to power in the state, Congress National General Secretary in-charge Randeep Surjewala pointed to Kamal Nath, who was sitting next to him. Though the party’s highest decision-making body, the CWC, will decide whether Kamal Nath will contest the elections, Surjewala said.