Shimla: Taking the government to task over deteroiating law and order, BJP, the main opposition party here charged the ruling congress party of providing patronage to criminal elements which had led to rise in thefts, murders, rapes and other serious criminal offences.
BJP chief whip Ravinder Singh Ravi in a communiquÃ© stated that the law and order situation has only gone from bad to worse under the four and a half years of the congress government.
“The state has become a safe haven for indulging in criminal activities and dealing in contraband products,” said Ravi. Even an recent survey by India Today has shown that the state has slipped from 3rd place in 2003 in terms of law and order to 6th place in 2006,” he said.
In Shimla district alone over 300 children are reported missing over the last five years of which still there is no trace of 104, he cited. Reports of missing tourists from various parts of the state was also a cause of concern, he said, adding that forest mafia was actively involved in the timber smuggling.
BJP state president Jai Ram Thakur rubbished the government achievement claim of getting to commission the troubled 126 MW Largi Project by saying “the project completed ten years behind schedule was still under a cloud.’
“No action has been taken against officials allegedly charged with misconduct and corruption, which had caused cost escalation and made it the most expensive power plant the state has executed so far,” said Thakur.