BJP asks Governor to stop witch hunting by Himachal Congress
Himachal BJP approaches Governor Urmila Singh with a plea to check Congress from changing names of schemes and targeting employees. Vribhadra hits back saying the previous BJP government tried to “sell Vajpayee’s name by misguiding people on centrally sponsored schemes
Shimla- BJP Monday sought immediate intervention of Governor Urmila Singh to stop Congress from changing names of ongoing schemes started by the earlier BJP regime and large-scale transfers of government servants on political grounds.
“In past two-and-half months, the Congress government has resorted to the worst kind of witch hunting, targeting not only political rivals but government employees. Schemes started by BJP government for consumers and school children (free uniforms) have either been stopped or their names changes. The PDS ration bags with photo of former Prime Minister Vajpayee, meant for free distribution to the consumers (costing Rs 45.5 lakhs) are proposed to be destroyed. Name of free ambulance scheme have been changed”, said Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal.
The delegation also submitted a memo to the Governor against UPA government seeking a probe into multicrore-scam in the loan-waiver scheme.
Justification from Congress for renaming schemes
Congress in Himachal Pradesh today sought to justify its move of changing names of some schemes, named after former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying the previous BJP government had tried to “sell Vajpayee’s name by misguiding people on centrally sponsored schemes”.
“They had tried to sell Vajpayee’s name on centrally sponsored schemes like free ambulance scheme (108), which was funded under the National Rural Health Mission and the subsidised ration scheme started by Congress government by printing Vajpayee’s picture on the ration bags,” Himachal Congress Chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukkhu said.
He said the free uniform scheme for school children was a also Centre’s scheme but named after Vajpayee.
“The Congress party has all regard for Vajpayee but the BJP misused his name and set a precedent by naming schemes after a person who is still alive. It’s a strange tradition,” he said.
He also refuted the allegations of BJP that the state government was targeting the opposition party and said former chief minister P K Dhumal should look back at his own tenure when political opponents were targeted and most of the actions of the then government were motivated by political vendetta.
“A person whose government indulged in large scale phone tapping and intruded into privacy of the people has no moral right to talk about conventions and democratic traditions,” Sukkhu said.
He said that the HPCC has already urged the government to make the name of persons public whose phones were kept under surveillance illegally tapped.
He asked the BJP to reconcile to the truth that it was out of power and gracefully accept the change. PTI/Indian Express