Rajgarh (Madhya Pradesh), June 23: Accusing the Congress of not caring for Madhya Pradesh’s future and not feeling insulted over the state’s earlier “BIMARU” tag, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said BJP has made the state a major participant in the development process of the country. Addressing a rally in poll-bound state after inaugurating the Mohanpura irrigation project, Modi remembered Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his death anniversary and accused the Congress of glorifying one family while ignoring contribution of other nation builders. Claiming that Madhya Pradesh’s condition had been such that an “insulting word” was associated with it, he said: “That word was BIMARU. We never liked it. Madhya Pradesh was counted among the sick states. “The Congress, which ruled Madhya Pradesh for long time, did not see or feel the insult. They treated the common people as their subjects and got them to sing their praises. They did not care for Madhya Pradesh’s future.” “BJP has taken out the state from that situation and made it country’s major partner in development,” he added.
The acronym BIMARU was coined in the 1980s for the economic condition of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Without naming the Congress, Modi attacked it for spreading lies about his government’s performance. “Those who are spreading lies do not know the ground reality,” he said. The Prime Minister said that his government is making sure that every village in the districts should have a gas connection, every household has electricity connection, everybody has bank accounts, everybody gets a shield of security insurance and every pregnant woman and child is immunised. (IANS)