Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Wednesday charged the Congress-led UPA government for discriminating against the state in the allocation of coal and electricity.
The normally reticent Chouhan’s uncharacteristic tirade against the “injustice” meted out to the state came when Congress lawmaker Choudhry Rakesh Singh was showering praise on the Centre while criticising the state government for the shortage of power and coal during the discussion on third supplementary budget for the year 2008-09 in the Assembly.
Chouhan said that not only had the Centre reduced the coal and power quotas allotted to the state, but also failed to contribute funds towards drought relief.
He claimed that the state government had distributed funds amounting to Rs 500 crores from it own resources and vowed to give a befitting reply to the Congress during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Disapproving of Chouhan’s intervention Congress members objected to the speaker and walked out of the House after Speaker Ishwardas Rohani rejected their points of order, they returned to their seats after Chouhan had concluded his speech.