Bhopal: An NDTV bye-election analysis with the heading “Congress’ Madhya Pradesh Results Should Concern Rahul Gandhi” tries to ring the alarm bell for the Congress party instead of showing the full mirror to the ruling Bharatiya.Janata Party.
The piece in question, obviously meant for the ignorant and the gullible, leaves aside almost every aspect of BJP’s reckless campaign in Kolaras and Mungaoli and targets the Congress by raising the issue of groupism and focusing more on its reduced margin of victory by stating: “This was the last electoral contest before Madhya Pradesh votes for its next government and the vastly reduced margins of victory for the Congress (it held both the seats) should worry the party. The results are a pointer to the battle-ready formidable BJP election machinery which served up a tough fight to Scindia after 14 years of Shivraj Singh Chouhan being in power.”
Lalit Shastri counters:
The NDTV piece is by someone who is either serving a narrow agenda or else knows nothing about electoral politics and all the factors that have led to the outcome of the just concluded bye-elections in Madhya Pradesh. What has been churned out as election analysis only serves the interests of the ruling BJP in Madhya Pradesh.
One could compare Congress’ latest victory margin with the 2013 election only if money power and the ruling party’s reckless electioneering had not been a factor. In these elections, there are reports to support the charge that money was being channelised by the ruling side during the final stages of electioneering. State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and so many ministers were also engaged in announcing goodies despite the model code of conduct. The Chief Minister was even admonished by the Election Commission on this count….Also it should not be forgotten that last time, the winning candidate was late Mahendra Singh Kalukheda – a towering figure. His victory margin should not be compared with that of a lesser known face this time….Let the BJP, a clear loser use the victory margin theory to build a smokescreen to cover people’s disenchantment, but such a projection was not expected from ndtv…..It’s time to acknowledge Congress party’s victory in full measure.
Also, it is not appropriate to paint this as an electoral battle only between Shivraj and Scindia. It was Scindia, as the most popular face of the Congress, pitted against team Modi, represented by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar – a political heavy weight from Gwalior, team Amit Shah, represented by BJP national vice President and former State BJP Chief Prabhat Jha, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his dozen and half ministers who campaigned with no holds barred, the ruling BJP led by Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and also the committed babus.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya today presented in the State Assembly the budget for the financial year 2018-19 with a fiscal deficit of Rs. 267802.5 million.
The fiscal deficit of Rs. 267802.5 million is within the prescribed – 3.25 % limit of the Madhya Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2005.
The election year budget, with a Revenue surplus of Rs. 2625.5 million, proposes Appropriation amount of Rs. 20464244 million and total net expenditure of Rs. 1866852. million for the year 2018-19.
Total Revenue Receipts for the year 2018-19 are estimated to be Rs. 1558864.7 million. Components of the Revenue Receipts are as follows:
Rs. 546552.4 million as State’s Own Tax Revenue; Rs. 594899.2 millione as share in Central Taxes; Rs. 109337.8 million as State’s Own Non-Tax Revenue and Rs. 308075.3 million as Grants-in-aid from Central Government.
State’s Own Tax Revenue estimates are 18 percent higher as compared to 2017-18(RE).
Revenue Expenditure increased from Rs. 1344967.6 million (2017-18 RE) to Rs. 1556239.2 million for the year 2018-19.
Capital Outlay of Rs. 310613.2 million is estimated for the year 2018-19 which is 4.24 % higher than Rs. 297980.3 million for the year 2017-18(RE).
Capital Outlay for the year 2018-19 is 3.76 % of the GSDP.
Opening balance for the year 2018-19 was Rs. (-) 809.0 million. Net transactions during the year are estimated to be Rs. 13.43 million. Hence, closing balance at the end of the year is estimated to be Rs. (-) 674.7 million.
Budget estimates for Scheduled Tribe sub-Scheme is Rs. 274745.7 million for the year 2018-19.
Budget estimates for Scheduled Caste sub-Scheme is Rs. 187347.1 million for the year 2018-19.
Leaning heavily in the interest of the agriculture sector and farmers, the Budget proposes:
Provision of Rs. 374980 million for ‘Krishi’ Budget.
Provision of Rs. 36500 million for ”Mukhya Mantri Krishak Samriddhi Yojana’.
Provision of Rs. 20000 million for “Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme”
Provision of Rs. 10000 million for ‘Mukhya Mantri Bhavantar Yojana’.
Provision of Rs. 4180 million for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana.
Provision of Rs. 3820 million for National Food Security Mission.
Provision of Rs. 1230 million for Rashtriya Krishi Vistar Yojana.
Provision of Rs. 650 million for Sub Mission on Agriculture extension (ATMA).
Provision of Rs. 580 million for Sub Mission on Seed and Planning Material.
Provision of Rs. 510 million for subsidy on Tractor and agricultural equipment.
Bhopal: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party candidates were trailing behind their main rivals of the Congress at the end of the fifth round of countibg of votes for the Kolaras and Mungaoli Assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh.
In Mungaol,i congress was leading by 3896 votes after 13 rounds.
In Kolaras, congress leading by 3425 votes after 10 rounds.
Even as counting was on, State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said both these seats were won by the Congress party with a huge margin when the BJP had swept the 2013 Assembly election. This time the BJP has performed much better in both these constituencies, he added.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Ajay Singh took a dig at the ruling party by saying: “the BJP cannot win two seats but it is claiming that it will capture 200 seats in the forthcoming Assembly election.”