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Congress accuses Uttarakhand govt of ‘falsehoods’, BJP slams it for ‘drama’

Maintaining that the Uttarakhand government has done nothing in the past three months, the opposition Congress on Thursday alleged that the ruling BJP believes in repeating a falsehood 100 times to make it a truth

dehradun Updated: Jul 06, 2017 20:29 IST
Prithviraj Singh and Deep Joshi, Hindustan Times
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Congress leader Harish Rawat leads the party’s protest in Dehradun on Thursday. (Vinay S Kumar/HT)

Maintaining that the Uttarakhand government has done nothing in the past three months, the opposition Congress party on Thursday alleged that the ruling BJP believes in repeating a falsehood 100 times to make it a truth.

Senior Congress leaders present at the day-long protest against the government not committing to waiving off farm loans alleged that three months of the government passed in telling lies to the people.

“They have been crying from roof tops for last 100 days—after forming the government—that my government took loan to pay the dues of sugarcane farmers but when I asked them to see the loans taken by the BJP governments they stopped speaking. I admit that we took loan to pay sugarcane farmers’ dues but that amount was nowhere close to the amount loaned by BJP regimes of past nine years. Their president Ajay Bhatt accused us of illegal mining but is mum when I said what has raised the cost of river bed materials from Rs 38 per quintal to Rs 120-150 per quintal,” former chief minister Harish Rawat said.

He added that the BJP speaks lie and presented a wrong picture of the economy in the Budget session.

“They said that per capita income was Rs 1.40 lakh but didn’t tell the people that it was for fiscal 2015-16 whereas it was Rs 1.68 lakh in 2016-17 . This government intentionally skipped the figures for 2016-17,” Rawat said.

Rawat appealed the Congress workers to protest every falsehood of the BJP and the government with tri-colour in their hands. “We have to open a front against their falsehood at every platform from roads to Facebook and other social media. platforms. It’s a long battle but the Congress will win.”

Earlier, Congress state president Pritam Singh alleged that BJP government was anti-farmer and anti-poor as it’s every decision deprived the downtrodden of their dues. “Farmers have started committing suicide in Uttarakhand but the government remains ignorant. The Congress party will not sit quiet and reach out to the people for exposing lies of the BJP and its government,” Singh said.

Others who addressed the protest gathering included Leader of the Opposition Indira Hridayesh and AICC state co in-charge Sanjay Kapoor.

Congress demo on farmers’ issues political drama: BJP

The ruling BJP on Thursday dubbed the daylong dharna organised by the Congress here to protest the state government’s alleged failure to waive-off farmers’ loans, as a “political drama.”

“The demonstration organised by the Congress here to highlight the farmers’ issues is nothing but a political drama,” said BJP state unit president Ajay Bhatt. He questioned the Congress for not waiving off the farmer loans when it was in power.

“This party (Congress) is politicising the issue of farmer loans… It had been in power for five years… Why didn’t the Congress government waive off the farmer loans?” Bhatt questioned accusing the Congress of raising a hue and cry over the issue when the BJP government had been in power for just 100 days.

The Congress has been regularly protesting against the government after three farmers allegedly committed suicide owing to their failure to pay bank loans.

Bhatt, however, claimed that it “was still not clear” whether those farmers committed suicide as none of them had left behind suicide notes.

“Our government has ordered magisterial inquiries into the farmer deaths. Whether they ended their lives or died natural deaths would be known following the completion of the inquiries,” Bhatt sought to clarify while alleging that 10 lakh farmers committed suicide across the country during the rule of the Congress led UPA government.

“This party (Congress), therefore, has no right to speak on farmers’ issues,” he said, adding that the BJP government “is not in a position to waive off the farmer loans because the previous Congress regime left the coffers’ literally empty”.

“As a result, the (BJP) government’s income today is just ₹7,000 crore whereas its expenditure is about ₹70,000 crore,” Bhatt said.

Besides, he said efforts were on to augment the government receipts by initiating measures like checking leakages in revenue from mining of rivers and other sources. “Once the exchequer permits the government will start initiating public welfare measures like waiving off the farmer loans,” Bhatt told HT.

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 20:29 IST