DEHRADUN: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the Congress government would pay a heavy price in the Lok Sabha election for its mis-governance while claiming that the saffron party would win all the five Lok Sabha seats in the state.
“This (Congress) government is also responsible for illegal appointments of teachers in the aided schools, in which crores of rupees changed hands”, state BJP president Tirath Singh Rawat alleged blaming the state education minister MP Naithani for the scam.
Speaking to reporters here in the state capital Tirath Singh also accused the state government of transferring a large number of teachers just days before the poll code was been enforced in the state.The BJP leader also lambasted the government for its mis-handling of the rehabilitation and reconstruction issues post the June deluge last year.“The new chief minister’s track- record in handling the situation post deluge has been far worse than that of his predecessor (Vijay Bahuguna)”, he said referring to CM Harish Rawat who took over just more than a month back. Tirath Singh alleged that the CM failed to speed up the disaster and rehabilitation process not just after he took over more than a month back.
“The new CM also failed to speed up that process even as the union minister when he was also a member of the cabinet sub-committee constituted by the Centre to monitor the post disaster situation in the state”, Rawat alleged.
The BJP leader also accused the Rawat government of getting the panchayat polls postponed “through back door” alleging that the manipulation had impeded the development process in rural areas. It may be recalled that the issue of the panchayat elections, which were scheduled to be held before March 29 as per a recent high court order, is now pending in the Supreme Court. Referring to the last June’s disaster Tirath Singh said that since then eight months have elapsed but the state government had failed to build even roads that had been ravaged by the deluge.
“Far worse is the situation of the state’s fabled Chandham religious circuit which had been worse affected by the disaster”, said the state BJP president. Not a single road connecting the Chardhams had yet been rebuilt although “hardly anytime is left for the annual yatra to the religious circuit, that is to begin in April.”
Referring to the illegal appointment of teachers in the government-aided schools Tirath Singh said that as many as 86 such cases surfaced in Pauri district alone. “The scam came to light as a result of an inquiry conducted by the Pauri district magistrate”, he said. “Yet, the state government tried to ensure that no illegal appointments of teachers were withheld, which shows the complicity of the state government and the state education minister.”
Tirath Singh said the ruling Congress would lose all the five LS seats in the state owing to its all-round failure. “The BJP on the other hand will sweep the LS polls hands down.”