Accusing the BJP-led government at the Center of abusing its power and central agencies, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Friday asserted that the central government will take immediate action against him if given an opportunity.
CM Bhupesh Baghel said, “They won’t get any chance (to arrest me); else will they leave me? They are misusing their powers.”
CM Baghel said this during an exclusive chat with ANI in Raipur on Friday in response to a question on whether he thinks ED would arrest him as the central agency had detained bureaucrats and raided the addresses of people close to him.
Terming the action taken by the ED in the recent past as part of the conspiracy, the CM said that they (BJP) have no programs or plans to attract the public, so they are constantly trying to defame the state government.
“They (referring to the opposition BJP in the state) are no longer able to fight. Since they were in power for fifteen years, they got used to taking advantage of privileges and are now in no condition to fight. That is why they have indulged in defaming the government and still want to prove something,” the CM said.
Terming the Chhattisgarh central agency’s raids on rice millers (on Friday) as an attempt to influence rice procurement, which will begin from November 1, the CM said the action was done to discredit the Chhattisgarh government to bring.
“They have stooped so low to gain power that they do not even think about the financial loss of farmers,” the CM said.
The Election Commission has announced that the first phase of elections for 20 seats in Chhattisgarh will be held on November 7, and the remaining 70 seats in Chhattisgarh will go to polls on November 17.
The elections will be held in Mizoram on November 7, Chhattisgarh on November 7 and 17, Madhya Pradesh on November 17, Rajasthan on November 25 and Telangana on November 30.
Counting of votes will take place in all states on December 3. Of the five states, Chhattisgarh elections will be held in two phases.
The Model Code of Conduct came into effect with the announcement of the election dates. The elections for five states are crucial as they will be held months before the Lok Sabha elections in April-May next year.
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