Himachal Pradesh elections: Congress created hurdles in all development projects for state, says Anurag Thakur | Himachal-Pradesh Election News

BILASPUR: Union minister of sports, youth affairs and information and broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Tuesday accused the Congress of creating hurdles in implementation of various welfare schemes in Himachal Pradesh.
Attacking the role of the Congress, both as a ruling party as well as in the opposition, the Union minister said the grand old party had repeatedly failed to keep its promises.
Addressing five public rallies in Ghumarwin, Jhanduta and Sadar constituencies in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Thakur said that the BJP’s five years in power has ushered in more development compared to the 60 years of Congress’s rule in the state.
Thakur, who is MP from Hamirpur, said that connectivity is a major issue for the people of the hill-state.
“The Sankalp Parta of BJP has focused on development of transport and infrastructure. In next 10 years under the Shakti Yojana at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore, the BJP will undertake development of infrastructure and transport around religious places. The question of connectivity has always been important for the hills. The BJP’s double engine government will ensure that every village in Himachal Pradesh is connected by a concrete road in the next five years,” he said.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot had on Monday while campaigning in the Doon and the Jubbal Kotkhai on Monday said that the “double-engine government of the BJP will derail soon,” adding that the ruling BJP has brought in “all big leaders” as it failed to present a report card in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh.
Criticising the Congress for making tall promises, without keeping any, Thakur said that while the party promised government jobs to one person from every household in the year 2003, no one got any job. “Again in 2012, Congress got new forms printed for unemployment allowance. No one got it. The Congress got the forms filled twice when it formed the government but did nothing,” he said, adding, “What guarantee will you take for a party which does not have its own guarantee? The top leadership of Congress is out on bail today.”
The Union minister listed the projects in Himachal Pradesh where the Congress created hurdles. The list included the All India Institue of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) worth Rs 1470 crore in the state for which the “Congress did not give land for four years.”
“In the year 2010, we brought Central University, but the Congress put up administrative hurdles for eight years. In the year 2012, we got the project of hydrocarbon engineering college approved, but Congress stopped it for seven years,” he said.
Highlighting the achievements of the BJP government, Thakur cited the country’s largest hospital and medical institute (AIIMS-Bilaspur) developed at a cost of Rs 1,500 crore. He said: “We are building a PGI hospital in Una at a cost of Rs 400 crore. A 300-bed hospital was built in Hamirpur at a cost of about Rs 350 crore. And the Central University which was promised, earlier when we got it approved, Rs 280 crore were to be spent but now Rs 550 crore have been received for that Central University.”
Thakur added: “In terms of health infrastructure, mobile clinic vans will be doubled in every Vidhan Sabha so that people can get health facilities in far-flung areas. In the last eight years, 12,000 km of roads have been built. Hamirpur is going to be the second district of Himachal after Una, which will be connected by broad gauge railway line. Earlier, three Vande Bharat trains had run in the country. Today India’s most modern train has started in Himachal.”
Local leaders said while the Congress is banking on the trend of throwing out the party in power in the state, the BJP led by PM Modi is focusing on empowerment of women and farmers and infrastructure development of the State.
BJP MLA of Jaisinghpur, Ravinder Ravi Dhiman said that his constituency had to wait for 30 years for any kind of development. “In the last five years right from drinking water supply projects to construction of roads, development has taken a fast track. People of Himachal Pradesh and especially Jaisinghpur will once again repose their faith on Modiji for development.”
Himachal Pradesh will vote for a new assembly on November 12. The results will be declared on December 8.

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