Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress president, accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of using illegitimate means to overthrow governments in various states, including the Congress-led administration in Madhya Pradesh. Speaking at a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district ahead of the November 17 elections, Kharge claimed that the BJP resorted to luring and bribing Congress MLAs to bring down the government in 2018. He alleged that the BJP had formed “stolen governments” not only in Madhya Pradesh but also in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Goa, and Uttarakhand.
Kharge also criticized the BJP over a recent incident in Sidhi district, where a video of a man urinating on a tribal person went viral. Despite Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan washing the victim’s feet, Kharge emphasized that addressing poverty and providing basic necessities was essential.
The Congress president highlighted the BJP government’s opposition to a caste census, stating that a Congress government would conduct such a census to benefit all sections of society. Kharge accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of making false promises during elections, particularly regarding his background as the son of a poor family. He emphasized the plight of women still washing utensils in other households for a living and criticized the insufficient recruitment for the large number of vacant government posts in the country. Kharge claimed that appointment letters were given to a select few to showcase progress, despite the vast number of unfilled positions.