On his maiden visit to politically significant district Kangra, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Sunday asked the ministers not to ignore the grassroots party workers.
Sukhu said, "There is a common notion among grassroots workers that party leaders forget them after winning elections and becoming the ministers."
"If things are like that, than we must say that such practice needed to be done away with," Sukkhu said, addressing the party workers in a meeting of the district Congress committee held here. He told party workers to approach PCC or their respective block committees in case they feel ignored.
"You people working in the organisation are the voice of poor and downtrodden and if you are not listened to by ministers, come to us we will raise your issues with the government," said Sukhu.
Maintaining that immediate concern of the party was to win maximum seats in the next year parliamentary poll, Sukhu exhorted the party workers to strengthen the organisation and work with dedication.
Sukhu said, "Discipline is the key element while working in an organisation, besides moral values and transparency." Earlier, he received a rousing welcome by the District Congress Committee (DCC) at various places in the district. Sukhu said he would make all possible efforts to foster better coordination between the organisation and the government.
Cautioning the workers to be aware of "party hoppers" and identify such people, Sukhu said tough action would be taken against those who were practicing the politics of convenience for individual gains.
Giving tips to the party workers for the next Lok Sabha elections, Sukhu said the block committees and the district committees needed to ensure monthly meetings with an agenda focused on Mission-2014.
He said workers were the backbone of the party and he could do nothing without them. "We will have to work in coordination to win all four seats in the upcoming elections," said Sukhu.
Sukhu urged the state government to immediately act upon the chargesheet submitted by the Congress against the previous BJP government.
Addressing the party workers, former minister Chander Kumar said the Congress always appointed officers on various posts keeping in view their capabilities, but the previous BJP government changed the system by making appointments on party lines. "Regretfully, I would say that these people are now being saved by our own party men which is not good," said Kumar.
Transport minister GS Bali raised the issue of chairman of various boards and corporations. He said it should be ensured that grassroots workers from villages were not ignored and be given preference in such postings. PCC general secretary Ram Lal Thakur and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma also spoke on the occasion.
Dhumal commercialised politics
Making a valiant attack on former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, HPCC chief Sukhu accused him of commercialising the politics in state. "For the first time, I have seen commercialisation of politics in the history of the state. Himachal has seen many chief ministers, but Dhumal was the only one to do so," Sukhu alleged, adding that Dhumal and his parliamentarian son Anurag Thakur are only practicing politics of convenience.
He also accused Dhumal of promoting nepotism. Commenting on the schemes started by the previous government led by Dhumal in the name of former prime minister AB Vajpayee, Sukhu said there is a tradition in the country that schemes are named after those who are not alive.
"The Dhumal government named the schemes after a person who is still alive. The BJP always tries to cash in on Atal's name, setting aside his ideas," alleged Sukhu. He also raised fingers over Anurag Thakur-led Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), alleging irregularities in the construction of five-star residential complex - The Pavilion.