BHOPAL: On a winter day in 1980, then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had travelled to Chhindwara to accompany a 34-year-old Kamal Nath file his first nomination for Lok Sabha polls. She called him her “third son”. Now, almost four decades later, chief minister Kamal Nath is invoking Indira’s memory as his party makes a push for Delhi.

All the schemes launched by Nath since he became CM are named after Indira. While BJP had renamed over two dozen schemes in the names of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Congress is banking on the Indira magic as it aims for “total badlav” at the Centre.

“Two new schemes — Indira Kisan Jyoti Yojana and Indira Griha Jyoti Yojana — will be launched very soon in Madhya Pradesh to benefit farmers by halving their electricity tariff and giving 100 units of power at Rs 100 to unorganised labourers,” Nath reportedly said at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Congress rechristened ‘Saral Bijli Yojana’ of the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government as ‘Indira Griha Jyoti Yojana’. Pension for the elderly and widows in BPL category is named ‘Indira Vriddha Pension Yojana’, and hiked from Rs 300 to Rs 600.

Under Indira Thali, cooked meals will be provided to public at Rs 10 per plate. The BJP government had a similar scheme called ‘Deendayal Rasoi Yojana’. Indira Thali was announced in Indore on January 5 and is likely to launched in all district headquarters very soon.

The Nath government plans to review housing, savings, loan, health and women and child welfare schemes and rename them after Indira Gandhi, say sources. Urban development minister Jaivardhan Singh, however, said Congress is more focused on the “broader effect of schemes than their names”.

The state BJP, however, distanced itself Indira praise. Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava said: “Changing names will not change the scheme. BJP chose a poor philosopher and common man like Deendayal ji to name schemes, which Congress now wants to rename. Congress’s parochial attitude will not help the old party garner votes,” Bhargava told TOI.

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