Visiting the apple heartland, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday took jibes at chief minister Virbhadra Singh for his alleged involvement in various corruption cases.
BJP to prepare list of corrupt leaders
“Narendra Modi has announced that a list of corrupt leaders would be prepared, which will be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Those found guilty will not be spared,” he claimed while addressing a public meeting here.
Taking a dig at Virbhadra, Dhumal said the “thin crowd during an earlier meeting of the Congress at the local ‘potato ground’ had upset Virbhadra”.
“The CM even threatens to dislodge the elected municipal council. It appears that he does not even know the law. I have also studied the law,” said Dhumal, adding, “He (Virbhadra) advises me not to talk about dislodging his government when the BJP is voted to power, but he should also remember the Congress’ history. The Congress dislodged EMS Namboodiripad’s government in 1959, and the BJP governments in many states, including Himachal Pradesh, in 1992.”
“When investigation agencies will work freely, the truth will be revealed and the guilty will be punished,” added Dhumal, suggesting that the CM should take “voluntary retirement” after the Lok Sabha elections get over.
‘Govt failed to provide ration’
Hitting out at the state and central Congress governments, Dhumal alleged that they had failed to provide basic facilities to people in the state. “People in HP are not getting ration under the public distribution system,” he said. Drawing comparisons between the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance and the present Congress government, Dhumal claimed that inflation was “under control” during the BJP regime and every ration card holder could get ration from fair price shops across the country.
‘Apple growers ignored’
Claiming that the BJP had started various schemes for farmers, especially apple growers during its regime in the state, Dhumal alleged, “We decided to open a market yard at Parala for growers, but the Congress government stopped its construction. In its election manifesto, the Congress had promised to increase import duty on apple, but failed to give orchardists any respite after it came to power.”
Addressing the gathering, former legislator Rakesh Verma accused the Congress of inaugurating only those development projects which were started and completed by the BJP government. “The Congress government made some new announcements, but without budgetary provision,” he added.