Development, not corruption, will be the poll issue in Himachal Pradesh, says Anand Sharma

Congress's Anand Sharma said the BJP had not yet ordered a probe into the corruption charges against BJP president Amit Shah's son Jay

By: Express Web Desk | Shimla | Published: October 12, 2017 8:53 pm
india pakistan, inod pak, india pakistan border, indo pak border, pakistan terrorism, Uri attack, Pathankot attack, Pathankot terror attack, congress, india news Anand Sharma (centre) said the economic slowdown, demonetisation and GST had dampened the festive mood ahead of Diwali. File Photo

Congress veteran Anand Sharma said on Thursday Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was the natural choice of the party to lead them in the November 9 Himachal Pradesh assembly elections. He also rejected suggestions that corruption would be an issue against the CM as CBI and Enforcement Directorate cases were pending against him.

“Mere allegations of corruption against a leader by the opposition doesn’t make someone corrupt. Many BJP leaders have serious corruption charges against them. How about Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, whose son’s name had come up in the Panama papers or the Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan? There are bigger money laundering scams of many BJP leaders. Have they ordered any probe against them, and, if not, then why have they chosen to do so for Congress leaders?” Sharma asked.

Sharma, who is the Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, said the BJP doesn’t have the moral right to make corruption a poll issue as the Centre had not yet ordered an investigation into the affairs of BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay, whose company’s turnover grew 16,000 times after the party came to power in 2014.

The Congress leader said only development would be an issue in the elections as the Virbhadra Singh-led government had undertaken a lot of projects in the past five years. When asked why the Congress always banked on Singh in the state, Sharma said, “We have many capable leaders in the party, but right now Virbhadra Singh has been given the command for leading the party.We have declared our leader, let the BJP declare its leader as they have done in Gujarat”. Sharma denied any infighting in the party and said the proposed ‘one family, one ticket’ formula would be decided by the central leadership.

The Congress veteran then turned his attention to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed BJP had realised that it was caught up in a tough battle in Gujarat. “That is why the PM is rushing to Gujarat again and again, announcing new projects and launching schemes,” Sharma said.

Sharma said the economic slowdown, demonetisation and GST had dampened the festive mood ahead of Diwali. “The tragedy is that the government has no plans to restore the economy hit hard by the Prime Minister’s reckless decisions.He remains far away from the ground realities. At least 4.5 to 5 crores jobs have been lost, investment rate is at an all-time low, there is a sharp decline in industrial loans and the non-agriculture sector has not seen any investments. Exports have suffered badly,” he said.

Sharma blamed Modi alone for the economic situation and said trade, investment, manufacturing, employment were in constant decline. “His decision on demonetisation and hasty imposition of a flawed GST has severely hit small entrepreneurs and traders. Yet the PM remains unmoved, unapologetic and arrogant,” he said.

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  1. M
    Oct 13, 2017 at 3:34 am
    Keep going as usual. Corruption is a form of art!
    1. Nawang Tobdan
      Oct 13, 2017 at 12:21 am
      Mr. Sharma is right that this congress government under the leadership of RAJA Sahib has done all around development in the state. Raja sahib by name knows booth level workers in the state and he visits house of booth level worker in the state. I am witness to many such visits, resting with one such visit in Todh valley--------- whenever, he conducts tour. But surprisingly, public of district Lahaul and spitti at least can not recognise the elected MP from the area as never paid visit to Todh valley and the surroundings------ so what development------------
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        S ashok
        Oct 13, 2017 at 12:02 am
        How about Development Of Corruption as issue? Or Economic Development By Corruption also. One thing is sure there is a corruption of ideas, and an oversupply of economic experiments. Leaders spend billions of rupees in organizing vibrant state summits, attending foreign summits to seek foreign capital and investors, striking sweetheart tax break deals with corporates. In any Indian state,if one were to transparently calculate all such costs incurred, the investments made and the benefits eventually accrued to all sections the society and the community not just the top 2 , i am sure we will end up with a very bad report card, possibly a D grade. If all our politicians spend time on as to who was more or less corrupt than the other, we will have the same results as we have already seen in the secular vs communal forces argument. Hopefully one day there will be a national consensus on real economic development of all the 1.2 Billion of without all the political loose-talk
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          yash sehgal
          Oct 12, 2017 at 11:00 pm
          Yes..Anand Sharma ji, Congie Sonya Maino n Rowl Vinci did all Scams Development in India n Bhartiya Jumla Party did all corruption. Hahaha..wah sharma ji wah..apka bhi jwab nahin..ROFL..LOL..
          1. Venkataraman Jagadesan
            Oct 12, 2017 at 10:46 pm
            Whatever the veteran may shout from his house top the corruption of congress will dominate the campaign and unfortunately the present cm is in total doll drums and is facing prosecution. Development will be possible only when the land reforms and labor reforms take place. The BJP can do it only when they have full majority at the RS. Now hopefully they can do it since they have more allies at the RS. One more important factor is that the HP janta keep changing the rulers alternatively and now it is the turn of BJP. What Mr sharma says will not cut any ice. Jai HInd.
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