Communist Party of India and CPM’s joint candidate from the Mandi parliamentary constituency Kushal Bhardwaj has asked the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party to answer 10 questions before seeking votes.
On Monday, he also urged people not to vote on the basis of party or the ongoing campaigning glorifying the candidates of these parties. “People should realise that these parties have never addressed their woes,” he alleged.
Bhardwaj said the parties, which had ruled at both state and Centre, should answer why “they were not interested in finding a solution for monkey menace and damage caused by other wild animals. “Farmers are facing these problems on a daily basis, and many have been ruined because of them. Are both parties waiting for mass suicides among farmers to address the problems,” he alleged.
He asked why the previous governments had failed to provide doctors, staff and facilities in healthcare institutions and passed the bill to ban regular appointments in the state assembly in 2005.
Bhardwaj added that the parties should explain why government departments, including education, health, transport, public works, irrigation-cum-public health and forest departments, were facing acute staff shortage, and why the government had reduced the quota of ration for poor people in the state.
He added that people wanted to know why the salaries and perks of MLAs and ministers were hiked by 100% immediately after the Congress regained power in December 2012, when the state was facing a financial crunch, the excuse used by the government to deny hike in salaries of employees and labourers.
Bhardwaj alleged that both parties had misled people about the expansion of railway network in Himachal Pradesh, when the railway track to Leh was the most important issue from security point-of-view. He added that leaders should tell people why state agriculture land, resources and forests were being handed over to private operators to provide them a chance to earn millions by exploiting state wealth.