Don’t let RSS ‘remote control’ Himachal govt, Congress tells Jai Ram Thakur

"The Congress will give the government sufficient time for a new beginning. But, this beginning should remain focused on development, and not on ‘vendetta politics' or filing of FIRs," Congress leader Mukesh Agnihotri said

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Dharamshala | Updated: January 11, 2018 6:46 pm
Jai Ram Thakur, Jairam Thakur, Himchal Pradesh, portfolios distribution, Himachal CM, Himchal pradesh ministers, Narendra Modi, Ram nath Kovind, Himachal BJP, BJP, CM Jai Ram Thakur has submitted a list of corruption allegations to Governor Acharya Devvrat against the previous Virbhadra Singh-led government. (File Photo)

In a first, yet subtle, warning to the Himachal Pradesh government, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri on Thursday told Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur not to let the Sangh pariwar “remote control” his administration. Agnihotri asked the CM to fix his priorities and send a positive signal about the new generational change in state politics and governance.

Participating in the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, Agnihotri said the Congress had accepted its defeat in the elections and would play the role of a responsible opposition. “The Congress will give the government sufficient time for a new beginning. But, this beginning should remain focused only on development, and not on ‘vendetta politics’ or initiating inquiries or filing FIRs,” the CLP leader said.

His comments come on the backdrop of the BJP government submitting a list of corruption allegations to Governor Acharya Devvrat against the previous Virbhadra Singh-led government.

“You (Jai Ram Thakur) are a gentleman. We know you’re capable too. Whether it’s a political accident or sheer destiny, a change has happened that brought you at the helm of affairs. But, we are gathering a sense that the Sangh (Pariwar) has gained an upper hand. Please keep the remote in your hand and don’t let someone else change the gear of your vehicle without knowing it,” Agnihotri said.

The Congress leader reminded Thakur that BJP’s projected face for the government was someone else (Prem Kumar Dhumal). “Now, what will happen to the promises which he (Dhumal) had made during campaigning, like scrapping of RUSA, benefits of 4.9.14 for the government employees, old pension scheme, barrier-free borders and not allowing apple orchardists to be axed?” Agnihotri asked.

Lauding Virbhadra Singh, Agnihotri said the former CM should be given full credit for running the government successfully without crying over lack of funds. He said with barely two weeks in power, the CM had started raising alarms on the state’s poor fiscal health. “It’s time for you to get a bail-out package from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The people will remember you for this,” the Congress leader said.

He also questioned the government over mass transfers of some officials ordered during the assembly session. The CLP leader also asked the CM if there was any pressure on him to reverse the Congress decision on taking over of the Raghunath temple at Kullu. Referring to the CM’s claim that the BJP government in the state would last for the next 20 years, Agnihotri said much would depend on the administration’s performance and conduct. “From the Congress’ point of view, change will certainly come in 2022 again,” he said.

He also asked the government to spell out its plans on the issue of joblessness following its decision to discontinue the unemployment allowance started by the Congress government.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. Indian Singh
    Jan 11, 2018 at 7:12 pm
    When ONE INDIVIDUAL LADY- Ms Sonia Ga-ndhi was allowed to REMOTE CONTROL CONgress led UPA Govt of INDIA for 10 years, with LOOT SCAM GALORE of more than FOUR LAKH CRORE in 10 years, CONgress has no moral right to talk about RSS influencing ONE of the State Govts of India.
    (0)(0)
    Reply
    1. Nilesh Jain
      Jan 11, 2018 at 6:58 pm
      Who are people in RSS ? Aern't they the people of India, working for the welfare of India. Naming RSS's help and service to society should not be named as remote controlling.
      (0)(0)
      Reply