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Congress leaders `conspiring' to stall development, says Uma

BHOPAL, JULY 1. Alleging a deep-rooted "conspiracy" by some Congress leaders to derail power and road projects in the Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister, Uma Bharti today said such "dirty games" cannot hinder State's development as she has full faith in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "impartiality".

"In their desperate bid to impress their party President Sonia Gandhi, `sycophants' in Congress are trying to obstruct major projects in power, road, irrigation and infrastructure sector," Ms. Bharti said here.

"This is not a political statement but a serious charge against them," she said.

The Chief Minister claimed that hurdles have been created in implementation of key road projects including Bhopal-Sagar road, which is in a bad shape, and now there is a move to put obstacles in Indira Sagar Project by making "wild charges" relating to rehabilitation of displaced people from Harsud.

In an apparent reference to her predecessor Digvijay Singh, Ms. Bharti said, "one person who is at present out of power has been indulging in petty game plans in order to draw Sonia Gandhi's attention and to get some position."

Asserting that she would not allow the State to be "crippled" by such moves, Ms. Bharti said she has complete faith in Manmohan Singh and is confident that he would give the State its due in an "impartial and fair manner" without any discrimination.

"Besides, all Congress ministers at the Centre are not bad and there are ministers belonging to non-Congress parties too in the United Progressive Alliance government," she said.

Threatening to expose those allegedly trying to obstruct developmental activities in Madhya Pradesh, Ms. Bharti said those responsible for backwardness in the State due to their decade-long `misrule' are now pointing fingers at her government.

The State with its limited resources depends to a great extent on central assistance for speedy implementation of many projects and "I am sure Central ministers with positive thinking and constructive approach will help us," Ms. Bharti said.

Stating that she would ensure speedy action to complete power and road projects within stipulated time-frame, she said: "uninterrupted supply of electricity and good road network are essential in order to attract private investment in the State."

Blaming the previous Congress government for alleged lapse in rehabilitation of Indira Sagar Project oustees of Harsud in Khandwa district, the Chief Minister said they have no right to criticise her government which got only about three months to make necessary arrangements for the displaced people.

"Congress leaders are the culprits ... I am surprised as they are now attacking my government on Harsud issue. The previous Congress government should have taken concrete steps for rehabilitation," she added.

PTI

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