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Dhumal hits out at Cong for being 'anti-poor'

india Updated: Aug 08, 2013 19:19 IST
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Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday said that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre had failed on all fronts and its ouster was the need of the hour.

“The UPA government has no policy and is running the nation at the behest of foreign powers. Poor people are feeling the pinch of price rise and it has no concrete policy for them,” he told the media at the party office here.

The senior BJP leader said the Centre had failed to implement an order of the Supreme Court to supply surplus foodgrains to poor people. “The foodgrain are rotting at various warehouses of the Food Corporation of India (FCI).”

On defence minister AK Antony's statement on Poonch killings, Dhumal said that the minister had to change its statement on the killing of five Indian soldiers by the Pakistanis after the BJP put pressure on him. He said there was a need to formulate a rational and tough policy towards Pakistan and China that were intruding into the Indian territory from time to time.

The BJP leader dubbed the Congress as one of the corrupt governments that India had seen since Independence. Even the Planning Commission had admitted that corruption was rampart in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

Dhumal said the proposed food security bill was defective. It was aimed to divert people's attention from pressing issues of the day in the wake of the coming Lok Sabha elections but people would not fall prey to wrong propaganda of the UPA government, he said.

Talking about the Himachal Pradesh government, he alleged that it was busy with politics of revenge and transfer and had no other work to do. “The BJP will fight the evil designs of the Congress tooth and nail.

On the Hotel Pavilion issue, he said that when the vigilance department was already investigating the issue on the orders of the high court, there was no question of registering another FIR on the same issue. “It showed that the government agencies are working under pressure of ruling party leaders.”

Earlier, he took part in a meeting of the district BJP that was chaired by Vijay Agnihotri, district party chief. The meeting decided to organise a rally and dharna on August 14 here against “repressive” policies of the state government.

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