BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal on Friday launched a scathing attack on the Congress government over incidents like the rape and murder of a schoolgirl in Shimla, alleging that the government had tried to shield the culprits.
“This was one of the heinous crimes that happened in Devbhumi, which has become Apraadh Bhumi. It’s unfortunate that even police officers up to the rank of IGP are lodged in jail and the accused are roaming free,” he said at a rally at Kotkhai in support of BJP candidate Narinder Bragta.
Dhumal claimed that the large turnout at the rally was a signal of change as “people want to get rid of a government patronising mafia raj including drug mafia and criminals”.
He said if voted to power, the BJP would set up a mechanism to ensure that incidents such as Shimla rape-murder don’t happen. The party manifesto has proposed setting up of a helpline and ‘Gudia’ yojana to provide protection to women and take action against those committing crime against them, he said.
Dhumal promised that several development projects, including setting up a vegetable market, a project started by the BJP government, will be revived. Priority will also be on granting early approvals to roads and National Highway projects. Interests of farmers and fruit-growers would be fully protected, he told the gathering.
Dhumal also hinted that if BJP returns to power, Bragta would be given an important responsibility to serve fruit-growers’ interests in a better manner.
Earlier in the day, Dhumal addressed a poll rally at Naina Devi to seek votes for party nominee Randhir Sharma.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his policies, Dhumal took exception to the Congress charge “Only bhashan, no shashan” and advised Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala to “check his facts”.
He said the Congress did not oppose any provision of GST Bill during its passage in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and accused the party of misleading people.