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BJP’s ‘double-engine’ govt failed people’s expectations in Uttarakhand, says Congress

The Uttarakhand unit of Congress is set to launch a state-level campaign against the BJP government, alleging that the latter has failed the “huge mandate” given to it by the public in assembly polls earlier this year

dehradun Updated: Dec 22, 2017 19:45 IST
Neha Pant
Congress Uttarakhand unit president Pritam Singh addresses the media at Congress headquarters in Dehradun on Friday.
Congress Uttarakhand unit president Pritam Singh addresses the media at Congress headquarters in Dehradun on Friday.(Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

The Uttarakhand unit of Congress is set to launch a state-level campaign against the BJP government, alleging that the latter has failed the “huge mandate” given to it by the public in assembly polls earlier this year.

The campaign is being launched just few months ahead of the civic polls in Uttarakhand in April 2018.

“We will carry out a state-level campaign against overall failure of the BJP’s double engine government (BJP’s rule at the Centre and the state) and its failed promises which has disappointed the public in the past nine months (since BJP took over state in March),” Congress state unit president Pritam told HT.

Singh said that the BJP government had failed to waive off farmers’ loans, despite the agriculturists being under tremendous pressure.

According to government figures, over 4.21 lakh farmers had taken loans in the state and the quantum of farmers’ loans in Uttarakhand stood at Rs.4,821 crore as on March 31, 2017.

Among other issues on which the Congress plans to target the BJP government include the ongoing expansion of urban local bodies. “The government is expanding the urban local bodies at its own whims and fancies with no fixed pattern.

“Law and order has taken a beating while mining mafia is having a free run.”

Be it delivering on Lokayukta (ombudsman) promise or tiding over unemployment, this government has failed to meet people’s expectations,” Singh said, alleging that the government was working in a “directionless manner.” To raise voice against this, the Opposition party will carry out a state-level campaign on December 25, followed by meetings in Garhwal and Kumaon regions on December 27 and January 5 to plan further strategy.

The ruling BJP, however, trashed the Congress’ allegations, terming it the manifestation of the Opposition party’s “desperation”.

“Disappointment is not in the public but in the Congress…first their poor performance in the Uttarakhand polls and now in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh has baffled the Congress, which is making such baseless accusations,” Devendra Bhasin, BJP’s state media in charge, told HT.