‘Cong pinning hope on Left to win civic polls’

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday accused the Congress of its complete failure to improve affairs of Shimla and alleged that the party’s effort had always been to grab power with support from the Left.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: May 11, 2012 8:36:21 am

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday accused the Congress of its complete failure to improve affairs of Shimla and alleged that the party’s effort had always been to grab power with support from the Left.

Dhumal,who met a delegation of Sector IV welfare society of New Shimla,along with BJP’s candidate S S Manhas to release a magzine ‘Cheshta’, said the residents of

Shimla has already been taken for a ride by the Congress — which has ruled the Municipal Corporation since 1984.

“Since 1984 Congress has been ruling the Corporation and has totally failed to manage its affairs.

“At times when Congress was unable to get majority,it sought the support of the Left to stay in power and both of them are responsible for the present state of affairs of the civic body,” he said Dhumal said the BJP government had been liberal towards granting financial assistance to the Corporation and had doled out around Rs 80.40 crore to the corporation during the past four years compared to Rs 14.30 crore provided by the preceding Congress government from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

“This shows the discrimination of Congress governments towards the town,” he added.

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