Become minister, work for people: MP CM to Rahul

After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan too has a word of advice for young Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

Bhopal: After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan too has a word of advice for young Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

"It would be better for him (Rahul) if he heads Tribal
Ministry and works for the welfare of people instead of just
visiting them," Chouhan, who will become the first non-
Congress Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh to complete five
years in power on Monday (Nov 29), told a news agency today.

Chouhan was responding to a question on the advice
given by Kumar to Rahul during poll campaigning in Bihar -
that instead of lecturing he should become a Chief Minister to
gain experience in governance.

"Normally, I don`t comment on an individual. But
merely visiting a few houses will not serve any purpose. Head
the Tribal Welfare Department to ensure the welfare of people.
And you can do that as the government is in your hands," the
BJP leader said in an apparent reference to Rahul`s visits to
Dalit localities and tribals.

"Merely saying that there is an India and a Bharat, or
a rich India and a poor India, will not serve any purpose.
This is a time to act and not just speak."

On the issue of persons rising fast in politics on the
basis of their family background, Chouhan said there is no
harm in giving chance to such people. But the tradition of
giving highest post to a persons just because you are born in
a particular family is not a practical proposition.

PTI