Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Sunday said that announcements about new projects will be made by officers of departments concerned, not the chief minister.
“I won’t make any (ghoshna) announcements. People are tired of them. Officers will announce projects and they will have to implement them within a timeframe,” he said while addressing his first rally as CM in Chhindwara, his home turf, after attending an impressive road show.
Without naming Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he targeted his predecessor for making empty promises. Congress president Rahul Gandhi had also taken a jibe at Chouhan as “ghoshna machine” in his rallies in Madhya Pradesh.
Nath took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had addressed a rally in Chhindwara. “He did not talk about jobs or development, he talked about Kamal Nath. Had you moved around, you would have learned something. Chhindwara people gave you a befitting reply,” Nath said, stressing the point that BJP lost all seats in Chhindwara district.
Recalling his political journey that began nearly four decades ago, Nath said the area was backward. “It used to take three hours to reach Patalkot valley. People there used to wear limited clothes and would come out only for salt. Now they even wear jeans,” he said. He claimed there were more skill development centres in Chhindwara than any other place.
Describing agriculture and creating jobs for youths as his top priorities, Nath said the first thing he did after becoming CM was waive loans of farmers. The UPA government did not just waive loans but also increased MSP every year, he said. “Jobs will not be created by visits to temples or mosques but by getting investment,” he said, suggesting that the investment summits organised by the previous government did not help.
Later, addressing a press conference, he avoided answering a question on the investment summit planned in February by the BJP government in Indore. He said he won’t be driven by ill-will while taking decisions but said he was yet to apply his mind to the proposed summit. “I will feel ashamed if I hold a summit that does not bring any investment,” he said.