BJP better protect its own house, says MP CM Kamal Nath

BHOPAL: Pulling no punches, chief minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday warned BJP to “protect its own house” and not to bother about the Congress government.

Responding to media queries on reports of alleged horse trading attempts by BJP, Nath laughed and said, “Jo bhaag jaae maidan se, woh kya rahega maidan mein.” He was referring to the BJP walkout during the election of Speaker in Vidhan Sabha.

“BJP may have been luring MLAs but I have faith in all Congress legislators and MLAs of parties supporting us. Let me tell the BJP, do not worry about Congress, you better protect your own house first,” he remarked.

On the alleged e-tendering scam, Nath said he was waiting for the report from CERT. “It is an agency of the Centre, which has not submitted its report on the e-tenders for seven months. I have asked my officers to go and camp in Delhi and fetch its report. If the report is not released, we will be forced to think that there is something wrong,” the CM said.

Asked if his government would implement the 10% reservation for economically backward general category candidates announced recently by the Centre, he said: “We ae examining the issue. We are working on it. We’ll have to see that others are not harmed by its implementation.”

Nath said that he had “effectively spent just 18 days in office focusing on the issue of farm loan waiver and jobs”. “I am working on several schemes. Madhya Pradesh will form its industry policy as it has to compete with states like Telengana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra,” he said.

Replying to a question, Nath said that he would give a “hisab” of his five years at the end of the tenure of his government. “I also ask Modi to tell people about the work done by him in the five years of his government,” he said. The CM said he will meet the media again next month. “I will meet you after a month to tell the people of the state the work done by the government in this duration,” he said.

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