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MP election: Despite anti-incumbency in air, BJP looks set to retain Bina constituency

MP election: Despite anti-incumbency in air, BJP looks set to retain Bina constituency

By Amresh Srivastava

Bina (Madhya Pradesh), Nov 18 (UNI) Despite anti-incumbency in air, the Bharatiya Janata Party looks set to retain the Bina seat in coming Vidhan Sabha election, scheduled on November 28.

Once a small town with 1.80 lakh voters, this assembly constituency , a part of Sagar Lok Sabha, was once only known for Bina Railway junction, an important station and a large Western Central Railway set-up here.

However, the setting up of Bharat –Oman Refinery Corporation, a joint venture of Indian and Omani Government and a thermal power plant by JP group has put this small hamlet on the map of development.

The BJP has repeated its sitting MLA Mahesh Ray who is credited with many developmental projects in the area.

The town, which once used to be a nightmare due to heavy traffic congestion, now boasts of a two lane wide road network.

‘’There is round the clock power supply for lighting and irrigation purposes which is considered as the biggest relief for farmers’’, a farmer Rajendra Upadhyay of nearby Gada village said.

‘’The city infrastructure have been recalibrated, basic amenities have properly been improved, every house and street has pure water supply and it is now a crime free city laced with CCTV cameras at all important points across the town” former BJP office bearer Ranjana Sarraf proudly told UNI.

'Our leader Mahesh Ray had executed many development projects for the areas in past also as Bina Municipality chairman,,' she added.

The Congress party has fielded Janapad Parishad member Shashi Kathoria, a candidate with a clean image.

He accuses the BJP MLA of not supporting the long-pending demand for declaring Bina as a separate district.

“The decision for setting up a refinery and power plant were finalised long back but the BJP is taking credit for it”, a local Congress worker said.

‘’The state Government had assured that after commissioning of the Bharat- Oman Refinery, the local youths would be given preference in jobs but that was never fulfilled”, he further said.

‘’The farmers are suffering and they are not getting Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the ‘Bhawantar’(difference in rates) was also not given by the government’’ a Congress supporter Mahendra Singh Thakur said.

Farmers face constant shortage of good quality seed and fertilizer, alleges Mr Thakur.

Notwithstanding the charges levelled by the Congress leader, a local auto driver Adiya Tiwari said that setting up of two major industries here, have opened avenues for locals.

'Earlier, there were hardly 100 auto- rickshaws in the city but now the number has shot up to over 3000 such vehicles and most of them are plying on the routes leading to refinery and power plants. This has created a large number of the employment here”, said Tiwari.

The business community feel that demonetisation and issue of GST is not a major factor here. Though they admit that maintenance of this centralised tax system is little cumbersome , they are happy that now they will not have to pay bribe to sales tax and income tax departments.

A sizable section of voters accept that Shivraj Singh led Government in the state has performed well especially in last five years.

However, though the BJP has taken care of weaker sections, the middle class was deprived of these free bees. This section also feels that if this Government now lacks new ideas.

“This is a time to seek a change in the state as the Government could not come up to the expectations of all sections of society . Others should now be given a chance”, a local cloth merchant S K Jain said.

Advocate KK Tramkar feels that the BJP Government could not check corruption in the administration and it is specially prevalent at lower level right from Sarpanch level to MLA level.

“The Government policies for the farmers are good but badly planned and executed which was seen during the procurement of grains by the Government.

Those who paid bribes, their agriculture produces were weighed and quickly procured by the Government’s agency or authorized agencies and those who did not pay bribe had to wait for many days”, Mr Tramkar said.

He, however, added that though the voters desired for change in the Government they do not have alternative.

'The voter of Madhya Pradesh have not forgotten the misrule of the Digvijay Singh led Government in the state in the past”, the advocate added.

The youths of town also support the change of guard in the state but they do not find suitable alternative in the Congress who could lead the state to a new height.

“Had the Congress announced Jyotiraditya Scindhiya as Chief Ministerial candidate, things would have dramatically changed for them in the state” Ravi Kushwaha, a local college student said.

In a nutshell, the general mood in this constituency runs contrary to the overall mood for change in the state.


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