Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched a blistering attack on the Congress party during a rally held in Rajnandgaon on Monday. Shah characterized the current Congress-led government as a “government of ‘Katki’ and ‘Batki'” and vowed to bring about a complete transformation if the BJP comes to power in the upcoming Chhattisgarh state elections.
The state is poised to conduct its first phase of elections on November 7, and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up for the electoral showdown. In attendance at the rally were former Chief Minister Raman Singh and four other BJP candidates, who lent their support to Amit Shah’s fervent speech.
Shah accused the Bhupesh Baghel-led government of resorting to violence and lynching to secure political gains through appeasement. He promised to ensure that the culprits responsible for the murder of Bhuvneshwar Sahu are brought to justice. In a poignant move, the BJP has nominated Ishwar Sahu, the father of the late Bhuvneshwar Sahu, as a candidate to honor his memory. Shah went on to declare that he would personally inform Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Chhattisgarh’s impending transformation, set to bloom on December 3.
Highlighting the BJP’s achievements, Amit Shah underscored the significant developmental work undertaken in Chhattisgarh. He mentioned the instrumental role played by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the state’s formation and the transformation achieved during Raman Singh’s tenure as Chief Minister, turning a struggling state into a prosperous Chhattisgarh. The BJP was also credited for according official status to the Chhattisgarhi language, providing a 14% interest waiver for farmers, implementing the Public Distribution System (PDS), and earning Raman Singh the nickname “Chawal Wale Baba.”
Shah questioned the incumbent Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, challenging him to account for his government’s achievements over the last five years, accusing him of being preoccupied with personal scores against political opponents Tamradhwaj Sahu and TS Singhdeo.
Amit Shah highlighted that under the BJP’s governance, Chhattisgarh became the first state to provide nutrition security, skill development, and 150 days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The state also led in women’s empowerment by reserving 50% of Panchayat seats for women. However, Shah expressed disappointment with the Baghel government, characterizing their tenure as one marked by corruption and unfulfilled promises.
He derisively referred to Baghel’s government as a “Katki” and “Batki” administration, pointing to unmet promises such as free gas cylinders, the recruitment of teachers, and a 50% property tax waiver, while questioning, “What happened to Bhupesh Babu?”
Amit Shah concluded his speech by stressing that only the Gandhi family seemed content with the current state of affairs and alleged that they ordered the murder of Bhuvneshwar Sahu for political gain. He warned of the potential for Chhattisgarh to become a focal point for communal conflicts if the Congress returned to power, emphasizing the need for a BJP government to rectify the situation and recover any losses.