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Virbhadra lied to Rahul Gandhi about allowances given to unemployed youth : BJP

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Bindal also alleged the Chief Minister of lying to the National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi about the allowances given to the youth.

Shimla: The blame-game and round of allegation is at its peak in the poll-bound Himachal Pradesh. While Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is trying to please the government employees with the moves like regularization, Bhartiya Janata Party is alleging the Congress government of harassing employees.

To benefit a particular group of employees, who are Congress supporters, the government is making rampart transfers and re-shuffling employees like a deck of cards, alleged Dr. Rajiv Bindal, the chief BJP spokesperson and MLA.

The government is taking to threatening the employees with the transfers if they do not toe the line drawn by the government, BJP said.

The transfer has become like a business in the government which has witnessed a huge surge ahead of the assembly polls. A month before the code of conduct comes into force, the government is issuing about 8000 DOs per day, said BJP.

BJP is also alleging the Chief Minister of duping the youth of Himachal on the name of allowances and making a huge number of announcement, inaugurations and laying foundations stones of projects in haste without any provision of the budget for them.

Bindal also alleged the Chief Minister of lying to the National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi about the allowances given to the youth.

The Chief Minister had made a promise to provide allowances to youth before 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections. However, the government started the allowances just six months before the end of its tenure, he said.

The state had 12 lakh unemployed youth during 2012. As per the promise, the Congress government should have given about 60 thousand to each unemployed youth in a period of five years. The total amount that was supposed to be spent on the allowance stands at Rs. 7200 crores. The government has spent only about 150 crores against the total amount payable.

The Chief Minister is making economically impractical promises to the people and employees, alleges BJP.

He alleged that the Congress government had withdrawn the benefits given to employees by the BJP government during 2008-2012. BJP had also given the employees 4-9-14 time scale. Similarly the Congress government reduced the retirement benefits after coming into power, he said.

The BJP government had reduced the qualifying period of the service from 33 years to 20 years. But the decision was withdrawn as soon as Congress government came into power, alleged BJP.

The government is favoring retired officials instead of creating employment. Other capable officials are not receiving opportunities due to this policy of the government.

The opposition also criticized the Chief Minister for his making inaugurations or laying foundations stones through video conferencing or over the telephone.

The BJP spokesperson Mahendra Dharmani alleged the CM of inaugurating incomplete projects and making more announcements without the availability of funds.

Under a water scheme, the Chief Minister inaugurated a water tank in Shimla constituency (rural) that had no water in it. The date mentioned on the inaugural plate was September 29, he said.

The Chief Minister is inaugurating primary health centres only in front of government employees invited from adjoining areas. The existing health centres in the state lack sufficient health staff but still, the Chief Minister continues to inaugurate new centres.

BJP questioned the definition of development for the Congress government. The roads are in tatters, schools are on the verge of closure as students are opting private ones, and the health centres are running without staff, said BJP.

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Congress Rally in Shimla (Video): Shukla Mimics PM Modi’s Signature Dialogue While Mocking at Promises of ‘Achhe Din’

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Shimla-Congress Jan Akrosh Rally held in Shimla on March 10, 2021, witnessed a huge gathering and was attended by veteran leader Virbhadra Singh, Rajeev Shukla, in charge and member of Working Committee of Indian National Congress and party representatives from various districts.

The rally was held to express anguish over price hikes in LPG and petroleum fuels, unemployment which is at an all-time high, rampant privatization by putting government resources on a sale for the benefit of corporate, corruption, and the promise of “Achhe Din” made by BJP before 2014 elections.   

At the same time, the rally was a desperate attempt to revive Congress which is on the verge of extinction in context to role and power of an opposition. The leaders tried to send out a message to stand united and leave all sorts of differences behind to bring back the party to power ahead of elections to Municipal Corporations and 2022 polls in Himachal Pradesh.

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This extinction is worsened by internal politics – the reason the party has failed to show unity and fight as one unit for a long time now.

The scenes of Natti being performed by workers on the beats of traditional instruments being played by local artists cheered the crowd. Others had arranged Punjabi dhol to mark their presence more loudly .

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On reaching the stage to address the rally, former Chief Minister and Congress’s face in the State, Virbhadra Singh, also took a small moment to dance on Pahari music before proceeding to his speech. This was perhaps the only moment where workers actually felt most excited and tried to get glimpses of the veteran leader.

He advised the party leaders to establish and maintain the discipline to strengthen the party.

Shukla referred to Virbhadra Singh as “Shere-Himachal” while addressing him.

Shukla targeted Prime Minister Narender Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party Government by taking a jibe at them. He mimicked the signature dialogue of PM “Bhayion aur Behno” and asked the party workers to identify it.

“PM Modi is putting on sale everything Congress has built for the nation,” Shukla said while referring to rampant privatization of government organizations, services, infrastructure and resources.

In his address, the leader of the opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri, highlighted rising debt on the state. He gave an estimate of the debt ( Rs 85,000 crores) on the state at the end of current BJP government tenure.

You can get glimpses of the rally and listen to Shukla’s complete address in the video below:

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Makes a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

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Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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