Stepping-up party’s campaign in politically sensitive Kangra and Chamba districts of Himachal Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will go down in history as an ‘example for corruption’ which not only has dented the good image of the state, but also destroyed his entire family and ‘naukars’ with everyone being on bail.
Shah also played up development card against Virbhadra Singh, claiming that during the past five years he (Singh) only performed ‘bhumi-pujans’ of the schemes, none of these coming into reality, thus branding him a non-performer Chief Minister, who should be replaced on November 9.
Beginning from Dalhousie, the BJP chief flew to Rehan in Fatehgarh addressed two poll rallies on the first day of his five-day long whirlwind campaign drawing crowd in Kanga. He primarily focused on corruption, mafia raj and depriving Himachal Pradesh of development, despite additional liberal Rs 1.15,846 crore funding by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But, Shah looked more aggressive on corruption issue and mafia raj – which he specified as forest mafia, mining mafia, drug mafia and transfer mafia destroying the entire system of governance.
“Virbhadra Singh has set a unique and unparalleled example in the country as entire family and naukars are facing corruption cases and also being on bail. Is this good example he has created in the state where lakhs of tourists visit. What impression do they carry back from Himachal Pradesh? Wherever, there is a talk of corruption elsewhere in any state, Virbhadra Singh’s name suddenly crops -up,” Shah said.
The BJP leader said due to corruption involving the state’s Chief Minister and his ministers—who also amassed wealth to set-up palatial bungalows and bought luxury cars, Himachal has come number one in the corruption ranking. Crime against women and children is another serious dimension.
He also accused the state government of raising massive borrowings, not for development but on wasteful things. The funds were neither spent on development, promotion and expansion of industry, tourism or jobs but for undefined purposes. He also gave full account of funds which the centre has sanctioned to the state. The grants were Rs 71,611 crore higher than what the previous UPA government gave, yet, there was no development happening in the state.
Exhorting the people to vote for leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah also tried to drive home point that Modi had worked hard in Himachal Pradesh for years and has better understanding of the issues pertaining to the state.
Shah also referred to promises made under ‘vision document’ which has vowed setting-up of IT hub and creating infrastructure for jobs. He also reminded the people about OROP promised and fulfilled by the Modi government which none of the earlier governments could do. Nearly Rs 8,000 crore was released by the government.