Indirectly supporting the Congress party in Mandi parliamentary byelection, the Himachal Lokhit Party (HLP), a breakaway group of the BJP, has announced to contest all four seats in the state in the general elections, 2014.
“The party will contest all four parliamentary seats in the general elections, 2014,” said HLP state vice-president and former MLA from Baijnath Dulo Ram in a press conference held here on Wednesday.
He said the party was not in a position, both financially and organisationally, to contest the Mandi bypoll and hence the leadership decided to stay away from the elections.
Elaborating about the party's plan for 2014, Ram said the HLP would complete formation of its block-level units by June 30 as decided in the party's working committee meeting held in Hamirpur and by July-end new workers would be added at booth levels.
“Soon after completing the ground work to strengthen the organisation base of the party, its president Maheshwar Singh will embark on a state-wide tour covering all assembly constituencies,” Ram said, adding that the campaign would start from Rohru.
When asked if HLP was supporting the Congress in the Mandi bypoll, he said the party was working for defeat of the BJP, but also not supporting the Congress.
He said the party was continuously raising the issue on which the BJP was thrown out of power in the state and was hoping for a change after the Congress came into power, but nothing had changed.
“We were waiting for the Congress to act tough on the issue like rampant corruption during the BJP tenure, but now it seems like a fixed match between the two sides,” Dulo Ram said, adding that leaders from both the sides accused each other of corruption, but when it comes to take action they try to subside the issue by mutual consent.
He said both the BJP and the Congress government work on the same pattern in the state and if there were corruption charges against saffron party leaders during its stint in power, the same allegations were being levelled against the Congress government now. He alleged that land was sold to outside people, violating Section 118 of the HP Land Reforms and Tenancy Act in the BJP regime and the same was happening now in the Congress regime.
He said the party would raise all issues in the general elections.
Meanwhile, he also urged the state government to provide relief to the flood victims in Kinnaur district.