The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday slammed the Virbhadra Singh-led government, accusing it of deteriorating the financial health of the state, a day after it announced political war against the government's alleged misdeeds.
Senior BJP leaders including former chief minister PK Dhumal and party affairs in-charge Shrikant Sharma who addressed party workers during a membership campaign committee review meeting at Kishanpura village near Baddi said the present government had raised huge loans to make unwarranted expenditure.
They said the Virbhadra-led government raised loans of `4500 crore in the last two years while the BJP government had raised loans of `6672 crore in its entire tenure of five years.
In his address, PK Dhumal said the chief minister appeared to be making his last ditch efforts to make the state "completely insolvent".
He said his government had given benefits of crores of rupees to employees while as the present government is raising a loan of `300 crores even to disburse salaries.
"Back door recruitment of kith and kin of Congress leaders in government departments has caused resentments amongst more than 11.50 lakh unemployed youth," Dhumal said, adding that the number of unemployed youth registered during the last two years was 1.60 lakh.
He also slammed the chief minister for not slashing bus fare despite the fact that cost of petroleum products has decreased 10 times in the recent months.
Dhumal took a dig at Singh's style of functioning, saying it was "enough to indicate that he was leaving no stone unturned to eliminate the Congress" from the state.
"Since Virbhadra is playing the last inning of his political career, he appears to be more engaged in throttling the voice of his detractors by implicating them in false and fabricated cases," he said.
Dhumal also alleged that certain police officials appeared to have "become puppets at the hand of their political bosses".
Shrikant Sharma lambasted the Congress for implicating political opponents in false cases and asked the party's rank and file to fasten their belts to achieve 'Mission 50' in the next assembly elections.
He asked workers to launch a massive campaign to expose the misdeeds of the Congress government to ensure a 'Congress free' Himachal in 2017.
The leaders said the party has constituted a committee to prepare a report concerning the misdeeds and misgovernence of the Virbhadra Singh government. The committee will submit its report within 20 days to the party president, they said.