Bhopal, June 19: Madhya Pradesh Public Relations Minister PC Sharma on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its leaders of “remembering” tribal folk only during election time.
“The state witnessed BJP rule for one-and-a-half decades (concluding in December 2018) and Shivraj Singh Chouhan was himself chief minister (for most of that period) but accomplished naught in adivasis’ interest. That segment – including women and children – is in an unenviable condition. However, the Kamal Nath dispensation is taking measures. The Chief Minister issued directives that adivasis be provided land title deeds on sarpanchs’ recommendations,” the politician told scribes here.
In the context of Tuesday’s agitation in the state capital by tribal folk from Sehore District, Sharma considered it surprising that Mr Chouhan – while serving as chief minister – could not ensure pattas for his native district’s adivasis and is playing the politics of pretence.
“The BJP has the coming tribal-dominated Jhabua Assembly constituency by-poll in its sights. Even earlier, saffron camp leaders made several announcements at the time of elections in adivasi areas but no implementation followed,” he alleged. (UNI)