With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) busy preparing for its rally at Sujanpur Tihra on February 16, local member of legislative assembly Rajender Rana, who has recently become an associate member of the Congress, blasted BJP leaders and workers for “forcibly” collecting money from people in various parts of the state, especially this district.
Addressing a public meeting at Patlander village in the Sujanpur development block on Friday, Rana said he was “pained” to know that people were being “forced” to give money for the BJP rally. “This action of the BJP leaders and workers is undemocratic and condemnable,” he alleged.
“The BJP workers can deliver lively speeches, but are unable to help suffering people, which forced me to leave the party,” he alleged.
Rana was the close confidant of former chief minister Prem Kmar Dhumal before the previous Vidhan Sabha elections, and had won as an independent. Later, he switched his loyalty to the Congress as its associate member.
On Friday, Rana felicitated 52 mahila mandals of the Sujanpur assembly constituency with various gifts needed for running their activities, and claimed that this was the fifth time that all mahila mandals of the area were being honoured for their working by the Sarv Kalyankari Sangh, a social organisation run by him.
He claimed that he had joined the Congress as the overall development of the area was his main aim, and the Congress government had doled out projects worth more than 100 crore for the Sujanpur area.