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‘I am no industrialist, but will fight BJP’s wealth in the elections’

Charged with steering the faction-ridden Congress, in a bunch, towards the battle for the next Assembly, the veteran leader spoke to Prabhatesh Tripathi on the odds stacked against him, and the determination to slay 'em all.

Bhopal: Pradesh Congress Committee chief Kamal Nath, 71, is surely holding an unenvious position, particularly given the time when the state is hurtling down the poll road.

Divided, demoralised and satrap-ruled Congress is a battle in itself. So how do you plan to take the ruling dispensation… 

The organisational strength of BJP and its money power is a challenge before us. Since May 1, when I took over, I have been busy strengthening the party. We want to build our tempo in a way that we don’t peak out too early. We are adopting a calibrated approach.

Any strategies for the public outreach…

Now is the right time. We have made a beginning from Maihar. And soon, Jyotiraditya and I would be travelling throughout the state. He would go to some places; I would go to some; both of us will also tour together.

On many leaders pulling in different directions…

If our detractors think so, I can do little. But the fact is, we all are united and we will be working in tandem with each other.

You are seen as a super-rich tycoon, divorced from ground reality…

I do not own a single industry. You can check the affidavits I have filed with my nomination papers in elections. This is nothing but one of the numerous fallacies peddled by the BJP.

How do you envisage industrialising MP rapidly?

The key to industrialisation is attracting investment. And investment is an article of faith. You need to create an environment in which people feel confident in investing in state. That is lacking here.

Finally, why should people vote for Congress? 

Why not!? Simply because every section of society has been cheated by the incumbent government. The farmers, the labourers, the traders, the service class everyone is in distress. I have never seen a situation like this.

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Prabhatesh Tripathi

Principal Correspondent dbpost covering, political and policy affairs in Madhya Pradesh