Terming the four-year rule of Bharatiya Janata Party government as merely a regime of rampant corruption, poor governance and striking of big deals, union minister Virbhadra Singh accused the government of pushing the state towards backwardness and poverty.
He said that his ministry has now decided to establish a full-fledged "tool room" at the industrial township of Baddi instead of setting up of mini-tool room.
Former Himachal CM said the proposed "tool room" would, besides fulfilling the long-standing demand of the investors, would help the Himachali youth to complete various technical courses within the state.
It would further help in eliminating the growing shortage of skilled man power in industrial sector, especially in Baddi- Barotiwala- Nalagahr industrial belt, he added.
He said that proposed tool room would be set at a cost of Rs 20 crore and its foundation stone would be laid by the end of this month.
Talking to mediapersons at Baddi on Sunday evening, Virbhadra Singh said that developmental activities have virtually come to a grinding halt ever since the Prem Kumar Dhumal government assumed power.
Corruption, nepotism, unemployment and misdeeds have crossed all limits, thereby making the life of common man miserable in the state, he said.
The government, instead of accelerating the pace of development, was focussing more on misleading the masses on various issues and taking advantages of the Centre- sponsored developmental schemes, he alleged.
Appealing to the party's rank and file to come forward and uproot the present BJP government in the next assembly elections, he said that despite getting liberal financial assistance from the UPA government, the BJP government in the state is facing a strong anti-incumbency wave.
Earlier, a red carpet welcome was accorded to Virbhadra Singh by hundreds of party workers including elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, lead by Zila Parishad member Paramjit Singh Pammi.
Singh, who was accompanied by his son Vikramaditya and former MP Chander Kumar, was on way to Shimla from Haroli in Una district.