In an exclusive interview with the media, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel criticized the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for its biased approach. He raised concerns about the agency’s selective actions and questioned why it had not initiated a case against the former Chief Minister, Raman Singh, and his wife in the PDS scam despite numerous complaints. Baghel also highlighted several scams that occurred during Raman Singh’s 15-year tenure and the lack of action against those involved.
Baghel expressed confidence in the upcoming election, predicting a clean sweep for the Congress party. He pointed out that the party had won 17 out of 20 assembly constituencies in 2018 and expected even better results this year.
Furthermore, Baghel accused Raman Singh of operating a “commission-based government,” where commissions were demanded for various services, from ration cards to government certificates. This practice, known as “commission raj,” was a significant factor in Raman Singh’s defeat in the previous election.
Baghel and his party leaders have recently announced several cash benefit schemes for the people, including free electricity up to 200 units, increased annual allowances for laborers, loan waivers for women’s self-help groups, and farm loan waivers worth Rs 23,000 crore, benefiting 26 lakh farmers.
While the Congress party is yet to release its election manifesto, Baghel emphasized that they had already announced numerous schemes for the people, showcasing the party’s commitment to welfare. He also noted that the government would waive off commercial taxes worth Rs 726 crore and had already distributed Rs 5.75 lakh crore through direct benefit transfer over five years.
As the election campaign gains momentum, Chhattisgarh’s Chief Minister remains determined to lead the Congress party to victory, promising to address the concerns of the people and bring about positive change.