Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Wednesday slammed former chief minister and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal for demanding creation of new administrative districts in the state.
In a statement issued here, Sukhu said that Dhumal remembers such issues only when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in opposition. Such demands were raised in the previous saffron party regime also, but it failed to do anything in this regard, he said.
"If he (Dhumal) wanted, he could have created new administrative districts as he was heading a majority government and was the chief minister of Himachal," said Sukhu, adding that Dhumal just needed the willpower to create new administrative districts in the state during his tenure as chief minister.
The Congress chief asserted that the Himachal government is already grappling with the financial burden due to the wrong policies of the previous BJP government and creation of new administrative districts would further put additional burden on the state exchequer.
On Congress party creating new organisational districts, Sukhu said it was done to facilitate party workers in two big districts of the state and it was the long-pending demand of the workers which had been met with this decision," he said.
He also urged the BJP leaders to play the role of constructive opposition in the upcoming winter session of the state assembly so that the public related issues could be redressed.
"The BJP did not play the role of constructive opposition in the assembly sessions held in the past due to which discussions on public issues could not be held and the assembly had to be adjourned before schedule," he alleged.