Lashing out at the ruling Congress government over its failure in reopening the roads and related services in snowbound areas, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday said that his party was ready to face probes into execution of all land deals and allegations of phone-tapping during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regime.
Hailing the appointment of Rajnath Singh as the national party president, he said, "It will, besides infusing new blood amongst the rank and file, further strengthen the party's base across the country. The party will certainly emerge stronger under his leadership and give befitting reply to the rival political parties, particularly the Congress, in the parliamentary elections in 2014."
Talking to mediapersons, Dhumal, who had arrived in the town to participate in a religious ceremony in the temple of lord Shiva at Jatoli near here, said that it was a matter of grave concern that despite lapse of over a week, the Congress government has failed to reopen a large number of roads, power supply and telecommunication services in upper parts, engulfed by heavy snow. He said owing to failure of the administration, particularly in reopening the roads, people were facing extreme difficulties in getting the medical treatment. Suspensions of power and drinking supply in several parts have further made the life of the villagers more miserable, he added.
Dismissing the Congress government's propaganda concerning execution of land deals in violation of section 118 of the Himachal Land Reforms and Tenancy Act and reported tapping of phones of political opponents and journalists, he said that it was only his government that had initiated suo moto action by constituting Justice DP Sood commission to probe the allegations of the Congress leaders. Instead of filing complaints concerning the violations before the commission, Congress leaders remained busy in misleading the masses by spreading a false and baseless propaganda.
Turning to the order of the union government to rename the Atal Swasthya Yojna at the behest of state Congress, Dhumal cautioned the Congress to refrain from such political decision as it would set a wrong precedent in the state. Since, the union government has already launched large number of schemes in the name of its leaders, renaming of 108 ambulance services would force other political parties, ruling in various states, to rethink over the issue.
He said that being a responsible opposition, the BJP would oppose all anti-people decision of the present government. Later the former chief minister also participated in a protest march organised by the Solan BJP to register its protest against the recent remarks of union home minister Susheel Kumar Shinde on the RSS and BJP. Besides, state BJP president Satpal Satti, Shimla MP Virender Kashyap and Jaswan BJP legislator Vikram Thakur also participated in the protest march and burnt an effigy of the home minister outside the deputy commissioner's office.