Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday hit out at the Congress led state government for abruptly enhancing prices of essential commodities being given to the people under public distribution system.
He said it was an anti-people step and should be withdrawn in the public interest. Dhumal said it was hard to understand what prompted the government to raise the prices and stop the supply of mustard oil to the people for next three to six months.
While talking to the mediapersons in Hamirpur, he said on one hand the BJP led central government was trying to provide relief to the people and had brought down the prices of petrol by Rs 10 and diesel by Rs 5 per liter, the state government on the other hand had increased value added tax (VAT) on both these items, thereby forfeiting the aims and aspirations of the BJP to help the poor people in India.
Dhumal said the party would hold a meeting to finalize a strategy to compel the government to bring down the rising prices. He added that they would need the support of the people.
The former chief minister said the Congress government was befooling the people on several issues and had done nothing to implement its one of the major election plank-allowance to the unemployed youth.
"Its ministers are silent over the issue and the same is the case with the skill development allowance," said Dhumal.
He added that though the state government had displayed big hoardings in several parts of the state about the skill development allowance, yet it had yet to come out with the details of how many people in the state were given this allowance since the government came to power about two years ago.
He said even the Congress ministers were fighting over the issue with one another and was a serious matter to be discussed.
The BJP leader blamed the state government for playing a political game with respect to the development in several parts of the state. He said most of the projects, started by the previous BJP government in the state, had been stalled and people were suffering.
Dhumla said it was shocking to say that in Hamirpur district, the much ambitious project of HP technical university campus and modern bus stand had been put on hold for no reason.
He added that lack of will power to rule and mismanagement on part of the fiscal affairs of the state, were the main reasons for lack of development in the state. The former chief minister said a reign of terror prevailed in the state and the affected people were the common people.
The BJP would not allow the state government to harm the cause of the poor people and if needed, the agitation would also be launched on various issues involving the people.