Sharpening its attack against the present Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government's misdeeds and its failure in formulating specific policy to eliminate the growing unemployment, the opposition Congress on Monday said that despite liberal financial assistance by the union government, the state had failed to provide cheaper ration to the people under the public distribution system.
It also accused the government of extending undue favour to the capitalists of the outside states by granting permission under the Land Reforms and Tenancy Act.
Spokesman of Shimla parliamentary constituency Ajay Singh Chauhan said, "The BJP leaders, after sensing their possible defeat in the ensuing electoral battle, are indulging in mudslinging by launching a false propaganda against the Congress in the state."
He said that it was only the Prem Kumar Dhumal government that faced serious charges of corruption by its legislators and senior party leaders. The chief minister, instead of safeguarding the interests of the common man, is more focused on promoting his son Anurag Thakur, he said.
Chauhan said that it was the previous Congress government that not only introduced a scheme to provide cheap ration to the people but also enforced a law to ensure at least 70% employment to Himachali domiciles in the industrial sector.
He said the Congress party had started providing 30 kg flour, 18 kg pulses, two litre edible oil and salt, but the Dhumal government reduced the quota to 18 kg flour and 7 kg pulses and discontinued the supply of edible oil and salt.
The BJP, instead of making sincere efforts to uplift the socio-economic condition of the common masses, especially the farming community, promoted corruption, land mafia and commercialisation of education. He said people would show the door to the BJP in the electoral battle.