Taking a jibe at the Congress-led state government's decision to celebrate the completion of its two-and-a-half-year rule, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday said the state was heading towards a midterm poll in wake of severe internal conflicts in the ruling Congress.
The open revolt by certain Congress legislators and ministers over various issues was indicative that the Virbhadra Singh government would not complete its full tenure, the BJP leader said.
Talking to mediapersons after presiding over the closing ceremony of the Chail fair in Kandaghat sub-division here on Tuesday, Dhumal said it was a matter of grave concern that despite liberal financial assistance by the Narendra Modi government, the Congress government had miserably failed to maintain the condition of roads, drinking water supply and various schemes.
"Instead of accelerating the pace of development and launching welfare schemes, the Virbhadra Singh government seems to be focussing on settling internal scores ever since it come to power," Dhumal remarked.
Turning to the land acquisition bill, Dhumal said Congress' opposition to the bill reflected that it only used the hapless farmers to regain power and did nothing to uplift them: "The proposed land bill by the NDA government will help farmers get better deals for their land, besides safeguarding their interests."
He also castigated the state government for targeting the sports bill that would debar talented Himachali youth from participating in national and international levels.
Earlier, the BJP leader visited the community halls of Sidh Baba Balak Nath temple, Laxmi Narayan temple and the Panchayat Bhavan of the local gram panchayat and dedicated them to the public. Former health minister Rajeev Bindal, Shimla MP Virender Kashyap, Rajya Sabha MP Bimla Kashyap and Kasauli MLA Rajeev Sehjal were also present on the occasion.
BJP leader inaugurates Bhawan constructed with state govt's funds
SOLAN: Constructed with the state government's funds, the Panchayat Bhavan at Kandaghat was on Tuesday inaugurated by Prem Kumar Dhumal, a leader of the Opposition BJP, bringing the district administration's role under the scanner. A senior Congress leader, not wishing to be named, said the district administration instead of sailing in two boats should work in accordance with the policies and programmes of the state government. He added that the matter would be brought to the notice of the party high command as well as the chief minister.