With poll fast approaching, the Madhya Pradesh government is gearing up to return to power again.
It is in this context that the BJP government in the state has directed ministers to refrain from using certain terminology while drafting replies.
As per sources, the government has gone on to list examples – 34 of them – in a circular to help ministers structure their answers.
Sources said that the notification, which was issued over a month ago, points out that proper structuring of replies and in-depth analysis of content of questions.
This is aimed at helping reduce the number of assurances made by the regime.
The ministers are being encouraged to stay alert, not make promises, and avoid saying, “we are inquiring into it”, “the issue will be considered”, “I’ll look into it”, “I’ll write to the centre”, “I’ll see what I can do”, “timely action will be taken”, “I’ll think about it”, “We’ll discuss the questions raised by the legislators” etc, as these are considered as assurances.
These suggestions are also to be kept in mind while replying to queries in mails as well as on online platforms.
Madhya Pradesh Assembly’s Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh, however, refused to buy the argument, and called it an attempt to weaken the Vidhan Sabha by the ruling party.>