With a holier than thou stance,they throw muck at each other

As the battle lines stand drawn for multi-cornered contests for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly going to polls on November 4,it is the negatives of the ruling BJP government and Opposition Congress that is finding favour in the high-pitch poll campaign.

Written by Hema Thakur | Published: October 24, 2012 12:47:49 am

As the battle lines stand drawn for multi-cornered contests for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly going to polls on November 4,it is the negatives of the ruling BJP government and Opposition Congress that is finding favour in the high-pitch poll campaign.

In a state,which has mostly been ruled by the Congress,followed by the BJP,the two parties are leaving no medium unused to highlight how the other misused power to loot the state,including “selling out Himachal Pradesh”,or how their leaders indulged in corrupt practices.

The campaign had started on a positive note with the BJP coining madadgar sarkar phir ek bar (give another chance to a government that helps you) for its Mission Repeat 2012 and the Opposition’s seeking to return to power with Congress ke saath milayein haath,Badal dein Himachal ke halaat (join hands with the Congress to change the situation in Himachal).

However,now the performance and development seems to have taken the back seat with the incumbent BJP launching a major offensive over the alleged scams that have rocked the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre. Right from the irregularities in coal block allocation,damning CAG report on 2G spectrum allocation to Common Wealth Games (CWG) and Adarsh Housing Society scams,the saffron party is leaving no issue untouched.

The recent allegations about officials receiving pay off from a steel firm when the state Congress chief Virbhadra Singh was heading the Union steel ministry has only provided more fodder to the party.

Slogans such as ‘Koyale ke ghotale-baaj kya aapke vote ke haqdar ‘ have found place on the BJP hoarding as has the details of CAG report reflecting an alleged loss of Rs 1,86,000 crore to the public exchequer.

“Through these advertisements,we are trying to show true face of Congress. There is nothing hidden from the people,CAG itself has exposed it,” BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt said justifying the campaign.

On the other hand,the Congress too has formulated its campaign strategy on “most corrupt” BJP government,illegal and benami land sales (Himachal on sale),private universities and favours in the hydel project allotments. It has coined slogans like ‘Chappa-chappa bharstrachar,ab nhi manjoor Bhajpa sarkar and ‘is sarkar mein shiksha bhi vyapaar bani,dhumil hui Himachal ki chhavi’.

State Congress vice-president and party’s chief poll manager,Harsh Mahajan said,“In a democratic set up,each party has the right to explore each other’s failures. We have to expose the BJP’s corruption. It’s most corrupt government,which will be thrown out by the people.”

Meanwhile,the newly formed Himachal Lokhit Party too has come up with its own slogan,Kaho dil se,Himachal na bikey phir se,to counter BJP’s Kaho dil se,BJP phir se.

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