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Congress to launch 'Save City' campaign in Chhattisgarh

The opposition will launch “Save City” campaign from Monday to counter Chhattisgarh’s government’s city contacted programme starting from tomorrow.

Under the campaign, officials from different government departments would visit different localities in the urban areas and note down the grievances of the people. The issues that could be solved on the spot itself would be addressed instantly.

The department of urban development had earmarked a sum of Rs 14 crore that would be spent during the week-long campaign. A number of development works would be taken up during the campaign that was designed on the line of government’s much popularized village contact programme.

The campaign is however heading for a big political tussle as the Congress party, which is in the opposition in the BJP ruled Chhattisgarh, has decided to oppose it. The party has announced to take up “Save City” campaign from Monday when the government sponsored city contact programme would get off.

“In last nine years, the government has never bothered to look into the problems faced by the urban population,” fumed Chhattisgarh Congress Committee President Nandkumar Patel. The programme is politically motivated and aimed to influence the urban population as the election is nearing, he added.

The Congress President said that the government had hiked the property, water tax many folds. “Now, the BJP is showing sympathy for the urban people,” Patel said, adding that the cities need to be saved from the misrule of the BJP government.

The BJP had hit back at the Congress and said the party was opposing the programme to cover up its inefficiencies in delivering good works to the people. “Many civic bodies are ruled by the Congress and no development work has taken place,” Chairman of Raipur Municipal Corporation and senior BJP Leader said.

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