New Delhi, Feb 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Yashodhara Raje Scindia on Saturday stoked a controversy by saying that the voters of Congress will not be extended the benefits of centrally funded Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Scheme. Scindia stated that scheme was introduced by BJP and the supporters of opposition parties will not be allotted free gas connection and stove. Also Read - Kolaras Bye-Election 2018 Result: Congress's Mahendra Singh Yadav Takes Kolaras
Raje made the statement during a public meeting during campaign for Kolaras Assembly bypoll, slated to be held on February 24. The by-poll is being treated as semi-final before the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections in the end of the year. (Also Read: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi Abuses Official, Makes Fun of His Weight) Also Read - MP bypolls: EC censures BJP lawmaker
“Chulhe ki yojana, kyun nahi aayi aapke paas? ye kamal ki yojana hai. Aap panje mein vote doge, aapke paas aaegi nahi. Aap kamal ko doge, aapke paas aaegi. Seedhi baat hai. (Why didn’t the gas scheme come to you people? It is because this is BJP’s scheme. You will vote for Congress, you won’t be provided with the scheme. If you vote for BJP, it will be provided to you),” said Raje. Also Read - People voting for Congress will not get anything, claims BJP's Maya Singh
Raje even blamed people if they were not getting the benefits of the scheme. “Aap agar panje ko vote doge toh hum panje ko kyun denge? Hum panje ke haath se kyun denge aapko chulha? Nahi denge. Aaapko apni samajhdaari se aisi party ko vote dena hai jiski har cheez aapke gharon mein aa jaaye, (If you vote for Congress, why will we give it to them? Why will we give you gas through the hands of Congress? We will not give you. With your sensibility, you should vote for a party that will provide you with schemes that will reach your home.),” she added.
Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana is an ambitious social welfare scheme of Narendra Modi Government launched on 1st May 2016 from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh. Under the PM Ujjwala Yojana, the government aims to provide LPG connections to BPL households in the country. The scheme is aimed at replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural India with the clean and more efficient LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).