Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Congress on Tuesday
demanded that the ruling BJP deposit in the state exchequer Rs
two crore spent on decorating the venue of Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan`s fast here.
"A sum of Rs two crore was spent from the state exchequer
for the fast which never took off," MP Congress spokesman, J P
Dhanopia told PTI.
The spokesman said that the fast appeared to be meant for
nothing but "cheap publicity" of Chouhan.
Dhanopia said since the BJP`s publicity stunt was aborted
the money spent on decorating the fast venue and providing
facilities for the Chief Minister had gone waste.
"It is therefore appropriate that the BJP deposits Rs
two crore in the state exchequer," he said.
Chouhan called off his fast following an "assurance" by
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the Centre will look into
the issues raised by the state government.
The CM sat on a fast on February 13 in a makeshift tent
here at Dussehra Maidan to protest the Centre`s alleged
neglect of the demands of the state.
The state BJP had accused the Congress-led UPA
Government of meting out "step-motherly" treatment to Madhya
Pradesh and ignoring key issues raised by them, especially
those related to farmers, who are facing tough time due to
crop failure on account of frost and cold conditions.