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Indira Gandhi’s ‘third son’ tries to revive her magic

BHOPAL: On a iciness day in 1980, then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had travelled to Chhindwara to accompany a 34-year-old Kamal Nath report his first nomination for Lok Sabha polls. She called him her “third son”. Now, virtually 4 many years later, chief minister Kamal Nath is invoking Indira’s reminiscence as his birthday celebration makes a push for Delhi.

All the schemes introduced through Nath since he become CM are named after Indira. While BJP had renamed over two dozen schemes within the names of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress is banking at the Indira magic as it objectives for “general badlav” at the Centre.

“Two new schemes — Indira Kisan Jyoti Yojana and Indira Griha Jyoti Yojana — will likely be introduced very quickly in Madhya Pradesh to profit farmers through halving their electrical energy tariff and giving 100 devices of energy at Rs 100 to unorganised labourers,” Nath reportedly mentioned at a Cabinet assembly on Thursday.

Congress rechristened ‘Saral Bijli Yojana’ of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government as ‘Indira Griha Jyoti Yojana’. Pension for the elderly and widows in BPL class is named ‘Indira Vriddha Pension Yojana’, and hiked from Rs 300 to Rs 600.

Under Indira Thali, cooked meals will likely be equipped to public at Rs 10 in step with plate. The BJP government had a similar scheme called ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’. Indira Thali was introduced in Indore on January five and is prone to introduced in all district headquarters very quickly.

The Nath government plans to review housing, savings, loan, well being and girls and child welfare schemes and rename them after Indira Gandhi, say resources. Urban construction minister Jaivardhan Singh, alternatively, mentioned Congress is more centered at the “broader effect of schemes than their names”.

The state BJP, alternatively, distanced itself Indira reward. Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava mentioned: “Changing names will not trade the scheme. BJP chose a poor thinker and not unusual guy like Deendayal ji to name schemes, which Congress now wants to rename. Congress’s parochial angle will not assist the old birthday celebration garner votes,” Bhargava instructed TOI.

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