Senior BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday alleged that the Congress-led state government was shielding forest mafia in the state as there was nexus between the mafia and the ruling party.
Talking to reporters at Bohni Kaswa in Hamirpur district after inaugurating the party office there, Dhumal said while 477 huge deodar trees were felled from Taradevi forests in the Shimla district, no proper action was taken to nab the real culprits. He said it was a serious issue and should be dealt with strongly. "The party will take up this issue with full force in the coming session of Vidhan Sabha and grill the government on all issues affecting the people of Himachal Pradesh," he said.
He said the mining mafia was also active in the state in general and Una district particular. "The mafia is exporting sand, khaddo stones and bajri from Swan River in the Una district in connivance with the Congress party leaders having links with the mafia. However, the government is sleeping over the situation," said Dhumal.
While demanding a complete ban on the extraction of khaddoo stones from the khads and their export to the adjoining states, Dhumal said the party would not allow the Congress-led government to exploit the state resources illegally for their own benefits.
The BJP leader hit out at the state government for raising the bus fares at a time when the Central government was reducing the rates of diesel and petrol.
Replying to a question, he said the party would take active part in the proceedings of the Vidhan sabha, but it was up to the Congress party to see how it wanted to deal with the opposition. He said the BJP as a democratic party was doing its best to maintain the democratic principles and was trying to help the suffering people. "However, the way the Congress party is behaving with the BJP leaders and workers is shocking and absurd," said the former CM.
Earlier, while addressing the party workers, especially the women, Dhumal said the party was making all sorts of efforts to go to masses and enroll them as the members of BJP. He said the party had set up a free landline number (18002662020) to get the free membership of the party. He gave a clarion call to the people to have faith in the BJP and help it to achieve its target of membership fixed for the state and the district.
Dhumal assured the workers that whenever the party would come to power, it would help them to solve their problems and they would get their proper due in the government.
The BJP leader honoured the workers of 20 mahila mandals of the area on the occasion.
A cultural programme presented by the children of DAV school, Hamirpur was another highlight of the function.