Still in a sulk after being forced to step down as a minister in Madhya Pradesh, BJP veteran Babulal Gaur Monday accused the government of fiscal profligacy during a debate in the Assembly.
“Sarkar karza le ke ghee pee rahi hai…the government is in debt,” Gaur said in the House.
Citing his age, BJP high-command had asked Gaur (86) to quit as a minister last month. While he followed the diktat reluctantly, he has since then made his bitterness public and also hasn’t lost any opportunity to embarrass the government of which he was a part as home minister till recently.
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Asked if the party had told him to stop his relentless attacks, Gaur told The Indian Express Monday, “I’m not a
bonded labourer. I have always been vocal on issues that concern the public. I used to oppose policies even at Cabinet meetings.”
On whether he was planning to retire from politics, he added: “I have won all elections on my popularity. I was once a labourer and went on to become the CM. There are many in the party who can’t win in their own constituencies. I will decide when to retire from politics; no one else can dictate it.”
In November 2005, Gaur had accepted his first demotion after the party asked him to make way for Shivraj Singh
Chouhan as CM. Recently, he was told to resign as a minister to continue as an MLA.
“They could have made me a minister without portfolio for the remaining term. It would have been an honourable exit for someone whose political career has spanned nearly seven decades,’’ he had recently said.
Two days ago, he had targeted state’s Urban Development Minister Maya Singh over the delay in Metro project, saying she was clueless about her job. Though he did not name Chouhan, he spoke about lack of decision making.
On Sunday, Gaur met former minister Raghavji, who was expelled in the wake of a sodomy scandal. The BJP has not openly responded to the veteran’s criticism.