Performance in the past five years will pay rich dividends: UpadhyayAssembly Elections Updated: Feb 14, 2017 21:10 IST
DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand Congress chief Kishore Upadhyay feels the Rawat government’s growth-oriented performance would help the party return to power in the ensuing assembly polls. “People will vote for us on the basis of our performance, the way we boosted the hill state’s agri-pastoral economy”, he said.
Upadhyaya feels the BJP-led Centre’s move to bring down the Rawat government last year would also fetch the ruling party rich electoral dividends. “We are going to get a positive vote this time for the development work that we have done. People are unhappy with the Opposition (BJP) as it fuelled split in our party and replaced our government with President’s rule last year”, he claimed.
In a chat with HT, Upadhyaya claimed the BJP’s allegations of corruption against the Congress government had had no impact on voters. “They are unimpressed because the allegations that party (BJP) leveled against us were made without substantial proof,” he said, referring to the sting video purportedly showing chief minister Harish Rawat offering bribes to dissident legislators to save his government last year.
Upadhyaya dubbed the CBI probe initiated by the Centre into the sting video as “biased” suggesting that it was aimed to harass the chief minister. “Were it not so, the investigative agency would also lodge cases against the BJP leaders whose names figured in the sting video”, he pointed out.
Upadhaya claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusations against the CM also left the voters unimpressed. “Such a tirade had no impact on them because they know that there is no substance in those allegations,” he said. “A PM who accuses a chief minister of corruption and doesn’t initiate action against him is incompetent and, therefore, has no right to be in that post.”
Upadhyay said the chief minister deserved compliments that the country’s prime minister had stooped to the level of bring about ‘false’ allegations against him. “This has happened for the first time in the country’s electoral history that a prime minister seems so eager to become the chief minister of a state”, he alleged referring to the BJP’s poll campaign that projected Prime Minister Modi as its face.
Upadhyay alleged that “this rather new trend” of blame game initiated by the saffron party in the state polls had pushed the real issues to the background. “The party (BJP) failed to tell the voters what it has done for this poll bound state in the past two-and-a-half years after it formed a government at the Centre”, he alleged.
Upadhyaya claimed that the Rawat government has initiated measures to check forced migration from the hills. “The Congress government in the state has provided hill farmers a number of facilities, to increase their farm produce and market them, he claimed.