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Prem Kumar Dhumal attacks Congress govt on Shimla rape-murder, says it shielded culprits

Prem Kumar Dhumal said if voted to power, the BJP would ensure that incidents such as Shimla rape-murder don’t happen.

By: Express News Service | Shimla | Published: November 4, 2017 3:22 am
Prem Kumar Dhumal, Dhumal BJP CM candidate, Amit Shah, Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017, Virbhadra Singh, himachal elections, indian express Prem Kumar Dhumal (left) and Virbhadra Singh

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.

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  1. M
    Nov 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm
    He will prosecute all rape accused like his partner in Gujrat who is not prosecuting ASA Ram the rape accused for last 4 years even after being told to do so by supreme court.
    1. H
      Harminder Singh
      Nov 4, 2017 at 8:40 am
      Your Orchard Mr Bragata and the ones on THEKKA who started that and how much have you stashed away at that time who was in power then
      1. H
        Harminder Singh
        Nov 4, 2017 at 8:37 am
        I never knew that the Himachalis were capable of selling their culture and integrity to the duo from GUJARAT and ready to be subserviant to one who otherwise would not be allowed to enter their homes this is specially also for Mr Bragta Thakur Sahib are you also for to these minions who under different circumstances you wouldnt even offer a glass of water from what heights have you fallen from to stoop to such levels of depeavity
        1. S
          Nov 4, 2017 at 8:31 am
          Pls tell also that bjp, amit and modi shielded culprits and themselves involved in killing more than thousand in post godhra gujarat riots. Dont go with double standards. But this is speciality of rss bjp vhp etc. To kya kare. Adatse majabur hai bjp rss vhp.