Union minister for commerce and industries Anand Sharma has said that change was evident in Uttarakhand. Sharma, who was in Dehradun in support of Congress candidates, accused the BJP government of dumping funds released by the UPA government for development in the hill state.
"Rs7,500 crores were released for development programmes under various central schemes but the government hardly took interest in using funds," said Sharma on Friday. He said there was no dearth of funds for the state but the government had repeatedly been proclaiming that the centre was not supporting the Khanduri government.
"We gave Rs 7,800 crores to Uttarakhand under the annual plan," he said. The minister further said the BJP government had nothing to do with development. "Khanduri zaroori hain is the buzzword in the BJP, development of the state is on the backburner," he said.
On corruption, he said BJP CMs were equally 'tainted'. "They (BJP) have changed five chief ministers in seven years. Corruption charges had been levelled against them too. Therefore, it is high time the government was changed".