Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has said that wrong economic policies of the UPA government are responsible for inflation prevailing in the country.
In a press statement issued here on Tuesday, Dhumal launched a scathing attack on HPCC president Virbhadra Singh and accused him of spreading regionalism. He accused Virbhadra Singh of using terms like 'apple belt' and 'upper' and 'lower' areas for votes. "Bharatiya Janata Party has always tried to bridge the gap between the two regions as the party has always believed in balanced growth of all areas ," he said.
He claimed that BJP had championed the cause of farmers and horticulturists by increasing the support price of apple and upgrading the facilities for marketing of the fruits. He said that a sum of Rs 25 crore has already been spent on the mega horticulture produce marketing complex at Theog, which would go a long way in addressing the woes of the fruit-growers.
Refuting the allegations of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Central grants, Dhumal clarified that the government had spent Rs 486 crore on National Rural Health Mission against Rs 481crore released by the Centre.
He accused Virbhadra Singh of not spending a single penny on the old age pension when he was the chief minister. He said that the BJP had delivered more than what the party had promised in the manifesto in 2007.
He said, if voted to power, the BJP would put the state on the development track to make Himachal a model state.