Connect with us

Politics

HP Govt made 1600 announcements in 5 years, 1300 still await fulfillment: Anurag

Published

on

ANurag Thakur statements on Virbhadra Singh

Most of the announcements made by CM over the past 5 years have yielded negligible results on the ground be it in the field of education, public work, healthcare, travel or tourism.

Shimla: To make his presence felt in the political arena, Anurag Thakur, Member of Parliament, Hamirpur, keep trying. At times he does by either giving spicy statements over the Congress-ruled government and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh or other activities like inaugurating Centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna,(PMGS) projects.

Presently, the opposition is targeting the Chief Minister over last-minute announcements before the code of conduct comes into force ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections.

BJP is alleging that the Chief Minister is making unnecessary announcements without possessing required budget.

On Wednesday, Anurag also took a jibe at the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and said that the last minute announcements are showcasing desperation to woo the public.

He asked,

I would like to ask Virbhadra Singh Ji what his Government busy was doing for the past 5 years. Why did it not consider public and State welfare during that period?

It is extremely unfortunate that most of the announcements made by CM over the past 5 years have yielded negligible results on the ground be it in the field of education, public work, healthcare, travel or tourism, Anurag said. 

Now with the elections approaching, the CM is making all sorts of announcements just to dupe the public and earn brownie points.

Had he spent time with people he would have known that they will not fall prey to his false announcements anymore and he cannot befool them with any of his desperate tactics now, he said.

Going by the facts, in the past 5 years, CM has made close to 1600 announcements out of which there is no update on around 1300 announcements,

he said.

Since the last five years, the Chief Minister was busy in ensuring his own welfare and attending his corruption cases. He could not attend to the public, he said.

The fear of losing the election has sent shivers down his spine. Now he is running in all directions making frivolous announcements, he said.

As expected, Anurag compared the percentage of cut announced in the VAT on petrol and diesel by HP government with other states.

On the directive of the Central government, the State Government has lowered the VAT by 1% which in working comes to 52 paisa on petrol and 43 paisa diesel, he said.

Had the State Government been concerned about the welfare of the public, then it would have made a significant cut in the VAT like other States such as Gujarat or Maharashtra, he said.

The government was forced to lower the VAT due to the fear of losing elections, he said.

However, the BJP MP is himself trying to fix a huge dent on his image that was badly dented after his removal as the BCCI President by the Apex Court for alleged contempt of court and perjury by lying to the court after taking an oath of telling truth.

Misc News/Press Release

Congress Holds ‘Save Democracy March’ in Pachhad Alleging EC of Inaction on BJP’s MCC Violations

Published

on

Congress march in pachhad

Sirmaur-Congress today organized “Save Democracy March” in Pachhad constituency ahead of the by-election. The rally was led by HPCC President Kuldeep Singh Rathore, who later submitted a memorandum to the Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, through SDM, Rajgarh, alleging a foul play and violations of Model Code of Conduct by BJP leaders and ministers Mahinder Singh Thakur, Birender Kanwar and Speaker Rajeev Bindal in Pachhad assembly constituency.

He also said that government machinery was misused on a large scale and government servants were being pressurised to work for BJP candidate and that Election Commission has failed altogether to check violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Rathore claimed that despite all foul play and violation of MCC by BJP, Congress is all set to register a landslide victory in Pachhad assembly constituency and Dharamshala Constituency because party workers have poured in great efforts in door-to-door campaigning in both the assembly constituencies.

Rathore has been campaigning in these constituencies ever since the date of announcement of elections. He had campaigned in all areas of Dharamshala assembly constituency from October 2 to October 9, 2019.

Thereafter, he moved to Pachhad assembly constituency and has been campaigning there from October 10. Rathore claimed that these by-elections will set a stage for departure of BJP government from Himachal Pradesh in 2022 as Congress is comfortably winning both these seats in the bye-election 2019.   

Continue Reading

Misc News/Press Release

Video: BJP MP Suresh Kasyap Alleged of Offering Cash for Vote in Pachhad, CM Jairam Terms it False Propaganda

Published

on

Video of suresh kashyap offering money for vote in pachhad

Sirmaur- A video showing some youth alleging Suresh Kashyap, a Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Member of Parliament, and ex-MLA of Pachhad Vidhan Sabha Constituency, of offering Rs 5000 in return of their vote has created a stir in the already charged political atmosphere ahead of the by-elections.

About a dozen persons including women could be seen in the video that is going viral. One of the youths named Kashyap and alleged he is trying to buy votes. The youth also claimed that others visible in the video were also present when he offered money.

Another youth also admitted that money was allegedly offered to voters. These youth can be heard criticising the BJP MP, terming it an undemocratic mean to fetch votes. The youth said they want development in their constituency and would vote for only the candidate who would ensure it.

The youth talked about the poor condition of roads and other problems in their constituencies.

The identity of the people visible in the video and place of recording was yet to be identified by the officials of the election commission or media. 

In response to the video and allegation of cash for vote in Pachhad, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that he had not watched any such video and came to know about it only through media. He rejected the allegations and said circulation of such videos is quite common during elections.

He said the electoral officer of the Pachhad constituency, SDM, Rajgarh, Naresh Kumar, has been given orders to investigate the allegations.  

He said that BJP is in power at Centre and State, therefore, it neither requires nor believes in such means to lure voters.

MP Suresh Kashyap also rejected the allegations saying that Congress had been trying to create controversy since the beginning of its political campaign. Congress had been alleging BJP of supplying trucks of pipes, gas cylinders, distributing cash for votes etc., which are baseless, Kashyap said.   

A couple of days ago, Congress had alleged that Cabinet Minister Vipin Parmar was holding a meeting with government officials at the circuit house at Dharamshala in violating of Model Code of Conduct (MCC). Congress had also alleged that money was being distributed to lure voters in Dharamshala constituency. Congress workers had shouted slogans outside the circuit house, a video of which was circulating on social media. 

Earlier, the Speaker of the HP Vidhan Sabha had also received notice from the Election Commission, seeking his clarification on allegation of campaigning for BJP in violation of MCC. 

The contest in the Pachhad constituency became tougher for BJP as one of its leaders, Dayal Payari, rebelled against the party and filed her nomination to contest against BJP’s official candidate Reena Kashyap as an independent candidate. While BJP was successful in convincing another rebel, Ashish Sikta, to withdraw his nomination as an independent candidate, it could not convince Dayal Payari. Congress is expecting that this rebel candidate would divide the BJP’s vote bank and benefit its candidate Gangu Ram Musafir.

Continue Reading

Misc News/Press Release

Ban Speaker Rajeev Bindal, IPH Minister from Campaigning for Constantly Violating Model Code of Conduct, Misusing Govt Machinery: HPCC to CEO

Published

on

Rajeev Bindal and IPH Minister Mahender singh violates Model Code of Conduct

Shimla-Bharatiya Janata Party-led Himachal Pradesh Government is misusing government machinery and power in the by-elections to Pachhad (55) and Dharamshala (18) assembly constituencies, thus, violating Model Code of Conduct, alleged the HP Congress Committee in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer on October 14, 2019.

The memorandum was submitted by a delegation led by Hari Krishan Himral, political secretary to HPCC President, Kuldeep Rathor.

It’s pertinent to mention that Congress had expressed dissatisfaction over the functioning of the Electoral Officers, alleging that they are working under the pressure of the current government. Congress has also decided to hold a protest rally on October 15, 2019, against the inaction of the Electoral Officers against violators of MCC despite the submission of documentary proof.

The HPCC, in the memorandum, said that it has been constantly reporting violations of Model Code of Conduct in the poll-bound constituencies. Dr Rajeev Bindal, Speaker of HP Vidhan Sabha, is violating Vidhan Sabha Act by holding meetings in favour of BJP candidate. Congress said it has given documentary proof of his holding meetings in Naina Tikkar of Pachhad Constituency on October 4, 2019, and in Thakur Dwara on October 10, 2019. Bindal has already received a notice from the Election Commission, seeking his reply over allegations of campaigning in Pachhad constituency.

The Irrigation and Public Health Minister, Mahender Singh Thakur, has been camping in Pachhad constituency to lure voters by adopting unfair means and malpractices, Congress alleged. On his orders, the IP&H Department unloaded trucks full of GI pipes which are now stacked in different locations in Naina Tikkar, Rajgarh, Rasu Mandir, Dilman and Wasni panchayats, Congress alleged.

The Deputy Commissioner, Sirmaur, has been informed through SDM and Police complaints have been filed about violation of Code of Conduct by government officials, Ministers and Speaker. However, the DC is allegedly behaving as an agent of BJP itself, Congress said in the memorandum.

Misuse of government property like rain shelters, National Highway, both in Pachhad and Dharamshala, is being regularly reported, Congress alleged. They are being used to paste posters in favour of BJP candidates which is prohibited in MCC, it said. Congress said it has submitted four different complaints to the State Electoral Officer since October 9, 2019, but it appears that ministers, Speaker and government officials are not bothered to follow directions from the Election Officers and they still continue to violate MCC. BJP wishes to sabotage the by-elections by their misconduct and adoption of unfair means, it alleged. 

Congress has urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ban Bindal and Mahender Singh from campaigning for these elections for their misconduct and violation of MCC along with passing strict instruction to administration and police department to immediately remove stacks of GI pipes from the said locations and remove posters, hoardings and banners from government properties like NH and rain-shelters in both constituencies.

Congress also enclosed photographs with the memorandum as proof.

Continue Reading

Trending