Chander Kumar blasts BJP leaders for 'failing' Himachal People

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Feb 27, 2015 19:39 IST

Terming the rail budget as disappointing, state backward classes finance and development corporation chairman Chander Kumar said on Friday tall claims made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the state have fallen flat.

"The BJP leaders have failed the people of the state. Before the general elections, Kangra MP Shanta Kumar and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur had promised to expand the rail network in the state, but nothing happened," said Kumar at a press conference here.

The current rail budget has disappointed the people of the state, Kumar said, giving credit to the successive Congress governments for the Una-Amb Talwar broadgauge rail, which remains half complete even after four decades.

"The BJP leaders -- whether Shanta Kumar or Thakur -- have failed to set up even a post office in the state," said Kumar.

He said Shanta who had been representing the state for the past two decades, has not brought a single project to his Kangra constituency.

"Similarly, Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur make only tall claims while the reality is otherwise," the former MP alleged.

Taking credit for bringing a Central University to the hill state, Chander accused BJP leaders of playing politics on the institution which is being run from a temporary campus.

"Thakur who claims to have brought the CU was not even in the politics when it was sanctioned by the then UPA government," he said.

The Congress, Kumar said, had brought Food Security Act for the benefit of 67% population of the country living below poverty line.

"However, Shanta Kumar is now heading a panel amd wants to review the percentage of population covered under the Act," said Kumar, adding: "It has exposed the BJP's anti-poor face.

The former MP also criticised the Center for promulgating an ordinance to repeal the Land Acquisition Act 2014.

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