Shivraj says, MP was a Bimaru State in Congress rule

Bhopal: In reply to the discussion of the Governor’s address in Vidhan Sabha, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that Madhya Pradesh remained ‘Bimaru’ in the 50 years of Congress rule in the state. But now due to relentless efforts of the BJP government, the state has become progressive. Presenting the comparative figures of the current development scenario and the state’s development status in 2003-04, he said that BJP government has brought about a major …

Babulal Gaur complains against bureaucrats

Bhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur on Tuesday complained in the Assembly that bureaucrats don’t answer his phone calls when he tries to speak to them about people’s problems. Gaur, also a former Home Minister, noted this reflects poorly on the State’s bureaucracy. The veteran BJP MLA made the observation during the Question Hour when Minister for Urban Administration Maya Singh was replying to his question regarding pollution caused by the garbage dumping …

Congress walkout in State assembly over SIMI activists jailbreak

Bhopal: Congress members on Monday walked out from the Madhya Pradesh assembly after expressing dissatisfaction over the reply of Jails Minister Kusum Mahadele over the alleged killing of eight SIMI escapees in an allegedly staged gunfight in the state. Earlier, Congress MLA Shailender Patel sought details of rules and their implementation regarding jail inspections etc. In reply, the minister told the assembly that jails in Madhya Pradesh were regularly inspected and the Bhopal jail was …

Rs 63.20 lakh spent in hiring eminent lawyers

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government has spent Rs 63.20 lakh so far to hire country’s eminent lawyers in the legal battle over reservation in promotion to state government officials, pending in the Supreme Court. In a written reply in the State Assembly on Thursday, the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed that an amount of Rs 63.20 lakh was paid to six prominent lawyers for arguing on behalf of the state government in the case of …

Tributes paid to Late Patwa, others

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Assembly was adjourned on the second day of the budget session today after paying tributes to departed leaders including BJP veteran and former State Chief Minister Sundarlal Patwa. Paying tributes to Patwa, Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said the ex-CM passed away following a cardiac arrest on December 28 last year. Recalling his association with Patwa, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan termed him as an able administrator and said that he was one the …

MP has immense tourism potential, says CM

Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that Madhya Pradesh is state of immense tourism potential. Efforts will be made to generate employment opportunities through tourism development. Number of tourists in the state has increased constantly during previous years. Over 8 crore devotees visited Simhastha Mahakumbh at Ujjain in just one month. Launching renovation of 100-years-old historic Minto Hall and construction of convention centre here on Wednesday, Chouhan said that it would be unique …

MLA draws attention to water crisis in constituency

Bhopal: Clad only in Gandhian attire- white ‘dhoti’ and carrying ‘lathi (stick)’ in his hand, Congress legislator Ram Kishore Dogne arrived in the State assembly premises on Wednesday drawing attention to the problem of inadequate water supply in his assembly constituency. Dogne kept the ‘lathi’ outside before entering the House, which witnessed heated exchanges between ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and main opposition Congress members over his attire and an adjournment for 10 minutes. Soon …