Bali to rally for youth again on December 30

  • Naresh K Thakur,, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2014 19:32 IST

Internal squabbling and battle for supremacy among the leaders of the Congress is likely to raise the temperatures in Kangra district as transport minister GS Bali will once again rally for the youth on the issue of unemployment.

A continuation of the statewide 'Rojgar Sangharsh Yatra' he took out two-and-a-half years ago when the Congress was in Opposition, all eyes now are on the firebrand Congress leader's December 30 'Rojgar Lakshya Rally' at Nagrota Bagwan.

Though Bali, four-time legislator from Nagrota, hails the two-year regime of the Virbhadra Singh government, his message that challenges are facing the regime in next three years is writing on the wall that all is not well in the Himachal Congress.

Bali has not only the rally on his mind but also the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Nagrota bus stand worth `5 crore with induction of 80 buses, though the chief minister will not be present on the occasion.

Bali said people's expectations had risen and it would be a real challenge for the state government to continue with development.

"The soaring unemployment is the biggest challenge as the number of jobless has crossed over 10 lakh in the state," said the minister, adding that the present government was ensuring equal development in all parts of the state.

Bali also raised the issue of Other Backward Classes (OBC), stating that the government needed to give equal opportunity to the community as it made up a major part of the Kangra population.

"The poorest of the poor should be given priority in development projects," said Bali. The minister also said that after the formation of the government in the state, party supremo Sonia Gandhi had entrusted him with the responsibility to expose the wrongdoings of the previous BJP government.

Political analysts, however, say the rally is Bali's fresh tactic to pin down his rivals in the party who are trying to pose a challenge to him owing to their proximity with chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

"He is frowning over the way his rival and Town and Country Planning minister Sudhir Sharma is being given importance. His departments also got little space in the booklet and documentary released on the two-year regime of the Congress," said a political analyst.

Another issue that has not gone down well with Bali is the appointment of former minister and ex-MP Choudhary Chander Kumar as the chairman of the OBC Welfare Board.

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