MP BJP`s plan to enrol scheme beneficiaries as members opposed

The Congress here on Friday strongly opposed the state BJP`s plan to enroll beneficiaries of the Madhya Pradesh government`s welfare schemes as its members.

Bhopal: The Congress here on Friday strongly opposed the state BJP`s plan to enroll beneficiaries of the Madhya Pradesh government`s welfare schemes as its members.

State Congress spokesman, Arvind Malaviya told a news agency that what the BJP was planning to do in this regard was not only wrong but totally unethical.

Malaviya said that his party plans to move the Election Comission with a prayer to de-recognise the BJP as a political party for planning this.

He said that the BJP, asking for favours from the electorate as quid pro quo for benefits given to them by the state government fell in the category of "moral corruption".

He said that most of the schemes that were being run by the BJP government in the state were totally or partially funded by the Central government.

"Hence, it would be unethical for the BJP to seek favours from the electorate on the basis of benefits given by the Central Government or to which it had contributed partially,"
the state Congress spokesman said.

Malaviya said that if what the BJP plans to do is right, then the Congress could also go round the country asking for those who had benefited by from the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act or others schemes to become Congress members.

The State BJP Core Group had at its meeting on Wednesday decided that party workers would approach beneficiaries of the state government schemes to persuade them to become BJP members.

Following the meeting, the state BJP President Prabhat Jha had told reporters that in a democracy nobody could be pressurised into becoming a member of any political party.

"Pursuing someone to join the BJP does not amount to pressuring him or her," Jha said.

PTI

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