Raipur, Sep 14 (UNI) Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, who has been continuously attacking the Modi government over economic recession met Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel here on Saturday evening and discussed several measures to tackle the ongoing crisis in the state. She also sought information from Bhupesh over functioning of his government.
According to official sources, Priyanka Gandhi discussed strategy for nearly an hour with Bhupesh for grilling Modi Government over recession besides inquiring about works of his eight-month old government during his visit to Delhi to attend meeting of chief ministers from Congress ruled states, called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Sources said that Mr Baghel informed Mrs Priyanka about the steps taken by his government to fulfill election promises. He said that Chhattisgarh remained untouched of recession as it gave bonus of over Rs 700 on support price for paddy procurement to farmers and waived off their loans. According to Mr Baghel there has been an increase in real estate investment in Chhattisgarh with a boost in auto sector and enhancement in employment. Land deal in Chhattisgarh too has got a major boost, he informed.
Mrs Priyanka discussed with Mr Baghel the economic reforms in Congress ruled states and measures to tackle recession. She hailed Chhattisgarh Government’s initiative for eradication of malnutrition and anemia in Chhattisgarh. Priyanka Gandhi also hailed state government’s policy of Naxalism in Chhattisgarh and security and development in tribal belts of the state. Priyanka Gandhi sought Bhupesh’s suggestion for implementing his government’s ‘Suraji Gram Yojana’ in other Congress ruled states.
Priyanka’s meeting with Bhupesh is being viewed by the political pundits as her clout in Gandhi family especially after Rahul Gandhi stepped out of the post of Congress president. Baghel had come close to Rahul Gandhi following disclosure on Antagarh tape controversy and party’s return to power in the state. Later speculations were rife over his say in the party high command especially after Sonia Gandhi took over the reign of party president.
This meeting, however, brought to an end all such speculations. According to sources, Priyanka also admired Bhupesh for being vociferous among chief ministers of Congress ruled states against Modi and Shah.(UNI)